The most ancient fingerprint of man

In pursuit of the future, a person does not forget about his past. Footprints left by primitive man give not only valuable information about the life of a prehistoric man and his flora and the fauna, but also often help to find an answer to the question: "Who are we and where did we come from?". That is why thousands of archaeologists all over the world explore the place of parking of primitive people, the ancient caves and grottoes, finding many traces of those who lived tens of thousands of years ago. During one of these excavations, the specialists were very lucky - they found the most ancient human fingerprint.

Dolny Westonice - Parking of the primitive man, which is located in the south of Moravia in the Mountain Devin, Czech Republic. The attraction has been opened in 1922, and since then there are incessant excavations here, during which the archaeologists find truly unique exhibits of the Paleolithic times (the global era, occupying the time segment from 2, 5 million years ago to 10 thousand years BC. ). In Dolny Westonice, foundations of dwellings, burial places and just jewelry, dyes, tools, who used ancient people were often discovered.

Among such finds on July 13, 1925, a remarkable ceramic statuette of a woman was found, which was subsequently recognized as the most ancient found ceramic art. This statuette received the name "Westonitskaya Venus".

But even more amazing and unique Westonitsky Venus makes the fingerprints of human fingers discovered on the frozen ceramics with well-preserved papillary patterns. Studies conducted with the help of modern scanners and computers have shown that fingerprints left a child aged 12 years, most likely, female. Radio carbon analysis of the statuette itself showed that its age is no less than 25, 000 years. It turns out that the age of the fingerprint, made before the firing of the ceramic product, is equal to the age of the statuette. Thus, the imprint of the children's finger on the figure of Westonitskaya Venus is the most ancient confirmed handprint of the human finger.

But not everything is so simple. The imprint on Westtonian Venus was undoubtedly considered the most ancient fingerprint of the human finger, if it were not for the find of archaeologists, made on the parking lot of primitive people in Germany. It is a fingerprint on a piece of organic material resembling a resin. Chemical analysis showed that this substance is specially made glue based on Beresta. It is such a glue more than once there were archaeologists on other parkingans of the ancient people of the Middle Paleolithic Age (300, 000 - 30, 000 years ago). This fact suggests that the fingerprint found is significantly oldly discovered in Dolny Westonice and, although it belongs to a living being, but no longer a person, and Neanderthal (about the evolution of a person, see the article "When the first person appeared?"). Unfortunately, to name the more accurate age of finding so far is not possible.

[Source - http://www.ancientfingerprints.org/nr1_hi.pdf]