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Following the Males' Trail, 1.5 Million Years Later

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Science  26 Apr 2013:
Vol. 340, Issue 6131, pp. 426-427
DOI: 10.1126/science.340.6131.426-b

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A team described 1.5-million-year-old footprints of at least six individuals walking together across the sand at Ileret, Kenya. Coupled with experiments with living people, the researchers concluded that the size and direction of the prints suggest a party of males out hunting or on patrol, an example of male coalitionary behavior also seen in chimpanzees.