February 06, 2004 17:58
A fossil of a human footprint presumed to be 50,000 years old has been discovered on a beach on Jeju Island.
The Cultural Properties Administration (CPA) announced Friday that the fossil, measuring 21 to 25 centimeters long, was discovered along with about 12,000 fossils of animal footprints and plants in Daejeong, South Jeju.
Officials said they expect that the human footprint fossil, which is the seventh of its kind found in the world and the first in Asia, would be a valuable material to shed light on the process of human movement around the world.
According to the officials, it is very rare for such a large amount of fossils to be discovered at one place.
On Friday, the administration tentatively designated the 49,912-pyong lot in Daejeong-eup as a natural monument and took measures to protect the site, restricting access to the area.
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