Scientists studied the underground using radar to examine the footprints of mammoths that lived thousands of years ago. Significant data were obtained from mammoth footprints. Scientists think that the same method can be used to learn about the ancestors of humans.
Mammoths were one of the giant species living in the world with our ancestors thousands of years ago. The change in the world’s climate has caused the mammoths to become extinct. Along with the mammoths, a giant land-dwelling species lived on the American continent.
The mammoths and giant land lazies were extinct thousands of years ago. Now we can examine these creatures from their skeletons. We can also examine these giant creatures with their well-preserved footprints. However, these footprints are quite difficult to find.
Scientists from the University of Bournemouth used the radar used by geologists and archaeologists to monitor the underworld to find the footprints of these giant creatures. Radar was first used by the US military during the Vietnam War to investigate the underworld. Today, radars are also used by engineers to find cracks in railroad tracks. Radars are also used to find ancient remains.
Researchers at the University of Bournemouth are also looking for footprints of large vertebrates from the Ice Age at the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. Researchers are looking for footprints of giant creatures in a dried lake bed called Alkali Flat.
While investigating the mammoth traces in the radar data, the researchers saw something like a hook under the soles of the footprints. Scientists who examined the data thought that these hooks could be sediments squeezed by the mammoth’s feet. Scientists thought these footprint pressure records could match animals that are closely related to mammoths, such as elephants.
However, the foot pressure data of elephants is very low. Elephant foot pressure data from Royal Veterinary College in London and Monash University were compared with the mammoth footprint data obtained by radar. The comparison revealed that the footprint data were similar. The similarity in the data was not limited to the similarity of footprints. At the same time, the pressure exerted on the ground by the animals’ feet was similar.
Scientists believe that it is exciting to observe the footprints of mammoths with the radar method. Researchers now think that the same method can be found in the footprints of dinosaurs. The footprints of human ancestors can be observed as well as the footprints of dinosaurs. Scientists believe that research can be done in places where the footprints of human ancestors such as Laetoli in Tanzania are protected.