Re: Picture of Fossilized Foot Prints

Susan S. Chin (
Sat, 11 Jan 1997 21:20:40 GMT

: RXFOOTDOC wrote:
: > I am a podiatrist. I have seen a picture of fossilized foot prints in
: > mud. I am writing a book about the feet for the Nail Professionals and
: > would like to use this picture in a section of the book about the
: > evolution of the human foot. I can not find the picture. Can any one
: > tell me where to look?

Michael McBroom ( wrote:
: You're probably referring to the "Laetoli footprints," which were
: thought to have been left by the species Australopithecus afarensis some
: 3.6 MYA. Richard Leakey's and Roger Lewin's book _Origins Reconsidered_
: has a photo of a couple of the prints. I'm sure lots of other books
: will, also. As to where you'll be able to obtain a released original
: for publication, I couldn't tell you. Incidently, there was an issue of
: National Geographic some years back (sorry, I don't recall which) that
: featured this find. You may be able to locate the issue by doing a
: boolean search on "Laetoli footprints" AND "National Geographic" with
: one of the search engines on the 'net.

There is also an ACTUAL SIZE photo of a Laetoli footprint in Johanson &
Edgar's 1996 book "From Lucy to Language," p. 133. I'm looking at it
right now, and that is one small foot...maybe the equivalent of a women's
size 4 or 5 (US) at best! It's about the size of my hand actually.