Around 10,000-15,000 years ago, a person small in stature, possibly a young teenager or a short adult woman from the Pleistocene period, traveled across the ancient White Sands without a group. That person cut through a route where big mammals, such as mammoths and giant ground sloths, crossed during different times of day.
The person’s gait is uneven, as if they were carrying a load on their left hip. And three spots along the northbound trail reveal what that load must have been: a toddler, probably around three years old. The child’s small feet left their own tracks when their guardian set them down just long enough to rest or switch arms.
The question is, why?
Learn more about this interesting story over at Ars Technica.
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