Human Footprints: Fossilised Locomotion?

  • Matthew R. Bennett
  • Sarita A. Morse

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Matthew R. Bennett, Sarita A. Morse
    Pages 1-12
  3. Matthew R. Bennett, Sarita A. Morse
    Pages 13-46
  4. Matthew R. Bennett, Sarita A. Morse
    Pages 47-79
  5. Matthew R. Bennett, Sarita A. Morse
    Pages 81-100
  6. Matthew R. Bennett, Sarita A. Morse
    Pages 101-136
  7. Matthew R. Bennett, Sarita A. Morse
    Pages 137-171
  8. Matthew R. Bennett, Sarita A. Morse
    Pages 173-190
  9. Matthew R. Bennett, Sarita A. Morse
    Pages 191-194
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 195-216

About this book


Human footprints provide some of the most emotive and tangible evidence of our ancestors. They provide evidence of stature, presence, behaviour and in the case of early hominin footprints, evidence with respect to the evolution of human gait and foot anatomy. While human footprint sites are rare in the geological record the number of sites around the World has increased in recent years, along with the analytical tools available for their study. The aim of this book is to provide a definitive review of these recent developments with specific reference to the increased availability of three-dimensional digital elevation models of human tracks at many key sites. The book is divided into eight chapters. Following an introduction the second chapter reviews modern field methods in human ichnology focusing on the development of new analytical tools. The third chapter then reviews the major footprint sites around the World including details on several unpublished examples. Chapters then follow on the role of geology in the formation and preservation of tracks, on the inferences that can be made from human tracks and the final chapter explores the application of this work to forensic science.

This volume will be of interest to researchers and students across a wide range of disciplines – sedimentology, archaeology, forensics and palaeoanthropology.


Biomechanics Footprints Hominins Human Evolution Human Ichonology Trace Fossils

Authors and affiliations

  • Matthew R. Bennett
    • 1
  • Sarita A. Morse
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Science and Technology, Talbot CampusBournemouth UniversityPooleUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of Musculoskeletal BiologyUniversity of Liverpool Institute of Aging and Chronic DiseaseLiverpoolUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-08571-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-08572-2
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