Archaeologists did a new study and discovered that 11,000 years ago, young children who traveled with their families around the current White Sands National Park in New Mexico found the perfect place to play and have fun: mud puddles that were formed from traces of a giant land lazy.
The children — most likely four — raced and splintered on the trails of the lazy in the mud, leaving their own footprints on the lake's flame — a dried-up lake. Matthew Bennett's new research, a professor of environmental and geographical sciences at Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom, shows that these tracks have survived for millennia, leaving evidence of this caporis of ice age or playstone.
In total, scientists have discovered more than 30 traces that may have left children between the ages of 5 and 8, and have trampled on other traces that belonged to the now extinct giant terrestrial lazyva, possibly of the Nothrotheros genus.
According to Bennett, each of the traces of a giant ground lazy is almost 40 centimetres long, the size of the beast varies from cow to bear, and the traces are superficial, about three centimetres deep, but it seems to have been enough to fill them with water and intrigue their children, scientists have pointed out.
"We see children's footprints very often in White Sands," Bennett said, most likely because, like today's children, these children were everywhere, leaving hundreds of footprints a day.
Previously, scientists found human traces that appeared between 21000 and 23000 years ago, which are considered the earliest evidence of human presence in the Americas.