Oldest Human Footprints Reveal Sex Life Of Ancient Male Ancestors

Posted: Dec 15 2016, 3:03am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

Oldest Human Footprints Reveal Sex Life of Ancient Male Ancestors
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  • 3.6 Million Year Old Footprints in Tanzania reveal Males of that Time were Polygamous
 

Footprints that are 3.6 million years old and were discovered in Tanzania reveal that the males of that time in prehistory were polygamous by nature.

Footprints that belong to a group of early human beings have been uncovered in Tanzania. They thrived 3.6 million years ago. The imprints were made when modern man’s ancient relatives Australopithecus afarensis managed to walk the squishy volcanic ash.

From what evidence was gathered by the scientists, these ancient humans had males pairing up with several females in a gorilla-like fashion, according to DailyMail

There were all in all more than a dozen footprints. They were found in Laetoli, Tanzania. An international group of experts carried out the research on these footprints.

The experts do believe these footprints belong to Australopithecus afarensis. Five members of this ancient human were there clear as the light of day. A famous skeleton of this prehuman is known by the nickname of Lucy.

A male Australopithecus afarensis accompanied by four females had walked a distance of 30 meters over the area. The volcanic ash had solidified into rock. 

Not only does this evidence suggest that these prehumans were in locomotion as a group but that one of them was an Alpha Male. This male member was large in size.

His height was probably 165 cm. This automatically makes him the largest Australopithecus afarensis detected so far. Previous studies show that these prehumans had one sexual partner only.

However, now this data needs to be revised and updated in accordance with the new information which has been forthcoming. The sexual lives of these creatures was complex and not as simple as met the eye. They all walked upright too. 

By measuring the distance between footprints, the scientists were able to calculate the heights and weights of these prehumans. The Alpha Male clocked in at a hundred pounds and measured 5 feet 5 inches.

The lightest of the pack only weighed 28.5 kg. If these figures are anything to go by, the male stood 20 cm above the rest of the females. The group probably comprised a dominant male, two or three females and one or two youngsters.

Therefore the belief is not entirely unfounded that the male had more than one female partners. However, this theory does have its skeptics.

The estimate may not be entirely accurate as some say.  Whatever the case, the creature was a tree climber like the famous Lucy which had died by falling from a tree. 

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