Ancient footprints dating back 120,000 years found in Saudi Arabia
Ancient footprints dating back 120,000 years found in Saudi Arabia

The oldest human life in the region found in Saudi dating back 120,000 years

Archaeologists in Saudi have discovered human and animal prints dating back 120,000 years ago making it the oldest human life discovered in the country. And the Arabian peninsula.

The footprint fossils were found in a dry salt lake in the Tobuk region in the north of the country.

The footprints include seven humans, 107 cames and 43 elephants. And there was also an impressive range of other animals captured in the dry salt lake.

Impressively, it’s the oldest evidence of human life in the region. And gives scientists a rare look back into history and how humans survived and adapted. The previous oldest evidence of ancient man was the 85,000-year-old remains found in the Nefud desert.

“The team identified footprint traces of seven humans, 107 camels, 43 elephants and other animal traces from ibex, deer and bovine families, which were moving in groups of adults and offspring,” said Dr. Jasser Al Herbish, chief executive of the Heritage Commission.

Netflix sign long-term deal with Saudi animator

In other Saudi news, Netflix has signed a deal with Saudi animation studio Myrkott.

Myrkott is probably best known for its Masameer series which takes a playful look at life in the Middle East.

Masameer introduces ‘Dana’ as a Saudi girl who tries to make the world better through the use of AI. ‘Helping’ her along the way are Saad, Saltooh and Trad who instead want to be crime-fighting superheroes.