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Webinar: Fossilized Footprints Reveal a Snapshot of Early Human Life

Archived Webinar

The Zoom webinar with William E.H. Harcourt-Smith, Cynthia Liutkus-Pierce, and Kevin Hatala aired July 15, 2020, as part of the "HOT (Human Origins Today) Topics" series. Watch a recording in the player above.


In May 2020, a research team announced the exciting results of their study of the largest fossil human footprint site in Africa: Engare Sero, Tanzania. With nearly 400 footprints, these fossilized steps have helped researchers trace a better understanding of life and behavioral practices for the early modern humans who lived there between 6,000 and 19,000 years ago. 

The program begins with a presentation by William E.H. Harcourt-Smith (Associate Professor of Anthropology at Lehman College, CUNY). Two other key research team members — Cynthia Liutkus-Pierce (Professor and Director of the Environmental Science Program, Appalachian State University) and Kevin Hatala (Associate Professor of Biology, Chatham University) — join the conversation.

Moderator: Briana Pobiner, Paleoanthropologist and educator at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

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