North America’s oldest human footprints are in B.C.—and older than anyone thought

Up and down the British Columbia coast, where abundant marine life has supported populous communities in large villages since the twilight of the ice age, archeological sites are as commonplace as barnacles. But there is nothing ordinary about a recent discovery at a remote cove on Calvert Island, about 100 km north of the northern tip of Vancouver Island.

It isn’t just that the find was so exquisite—29 footprints, likely from a man, a woman and a child. Going by the radiocarbon dating...

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