Breaking: 5.7 Million-Year-Old “Hominin Footprints” In Jeopardy

12:02 p.m.: “In the context of the field, it’s the equivalent of blowing up the Sphinx in Egypt. It’s a big deal,” says Bournemouth University’s Matthew Bennett, confirming that several of the footprints he and colleagues described in a paper published in August as belonging to an early hominin have been destroyed or stolen. But Bennett adds: “At the same time, no scientific data has been lost.”

That’s because the detailed, sophisticated analysis carried out on the 5.7-million-year-old fo

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