Scientists have been left baffled after discovering a giant human footprint thought to be 290-million-years-old, in New Mexico.
The rock – which belongs to the Permian Period
-Features a human footprint at a time when no humans should have existed on Earth. Some experts claim the footprint proves the existence of an advanced ancient civilization on Earth.
The Zapata track features a HUMAN footprint in Permian limestone, analyzed by paleontologist Jerry MacDonald who discovered a few kilometers from the Zapata track traces of preserved fossil footprints in Permian strata. The enigmatic footprint has been researched by Dr. Don Patton who claims that the Permian rock from New Mexico contains a genuine human footprint.
Don Patton with the “Zapata Track”
According to Genesispark.com, Dr. Don Patton attempted to cut this printout of the rock, but wore out four carborundum blades trying to make one cut! Patton reports having personally seen a photograph of four, virtually identical tracks in an obvious right-left pattern taken about one-quarter mile from the Zapata track.
The controversial part, of course, is the AGE of the rock where the footprint was left—The Permian Period which lasted from 299 to 251 million years ago, at a time way before birds, dinosaurs, and MAN, was supposed to exist.
Curiously, the Permian (along with the Paleozoic) ended with the Permian–Triassic extinction event, the largest mass extinction in Earth’s history, in which nearly 90% of marine species and 70% of terrestrial species died out. Recovery from the Permian-Triassic extinction event was protracted; on land, ecosystems took 30 million years to recover
Anyway, returning to the curious footprint, there are many who favor it and there are others who believe it is not real—because it displays several ‘unnatural features’. As noted by author Glen J. Kuban, the controversial footprint shows some features not typical of genuine human prints.
The line and position of the toes are somewhat unnatural, and the ball is narrower and round compared to most genuine prints. A few individuals have emphasized that the print shows some mud up-push (a rim of raised relief around the print).
Supposedly this confirms its authenticity.
“The fossil tracks that MacDonald has collected include a number of what paleontologists like to call ‘problematica.’ On one trackway, for example, a three-toed creature apparently took a few steps, then disappeared–as though it took off and flew.
‘We don’t know of any three-toed animals in the Permian,’ MacDonald pointed out. ‘And there aren’t supposed to be any birds.’ He’s got several tracks where creatures appear to be walking on their hind legs, others that look almost simian.
On one pair of siltstone tablets, I notice some unusually large, deep and scary-looking footprints, each with five arched toe marks, like nails. I comment that they look just like bear tracks.
‘Yeah,’ MacDonald says reluctantly, ‘they sure do.’ Mammals evolved long after the Permian period, scientists agree, yet these tracks are clearly Permian.” (“Petrified Footprints: A Puzzling Parade of Permian Beasts,” The Smithsonian, Vol. 23, July 1992, p.70.)
In the book “Fossil Facts and Fantasies” by Joe Taylor, the footprint” appears to be a female, barefoot print.” Taylor states that it was found in 1929, and that “it is said that at that time, one-half of a second track was visible at the edge of the ledge bearing both tracks. The edge of this ledge has since fallen off.”
Taylor does not say where he learned these details and does not cite any literature, scientific or popular, regarding it.
Author Jeff A. Benner stated that “the Creationist community agree that the print is human in origin and proof that humans existed during the time of the dinosaur.”