8 February 2014
The Shipping Forecast on BBC Radio 4 this week used a word for the sea-state it has never used before – PHENOMENAL. It’s been that bad, with storm after storm and the worst flooding on record (Records of flooding go back to the time when the Virginia was a colony!). The storms have given archeologists a priceless gift though, because they uncovered footprints in the sand that have been dated to 800,000 years old.
These are the oldest human footprints known outside of Africa. The BBC has a great story on it and you can read the published paper on PLOS ONE here.