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Scientist have recently found 7- 120,00 year-old footprints pressed into an ancient lake bed in northern Saudi Arabia. The footprints are believed to be that of Homo Sapiens and would indicate their presence in the area around 115-120,000 years ago. If this is confirmed it will be evidence of the oldest known Homo Sapiens ever to be recorded on the Arabian Peninsula.
This is wild to me. Our current thought of "ancient history" is something like 5,000 years ago. That's when it's believed that the pyramids were built, and that is (what we consider) a looong time before the Greeks or Romans. Think of everything that happened between the pyramids being constructed, ancient Greece, and current day.
What's super interesting to me is these footprints are said to be around 115-120,000 years old. That's already insane in itself, but to just to take it a bit further. The 5k difference between the two is out entire known history, or atleast what we think of with the phrase "ancient history".
With that all being said, imagine what all has happened between those Homo Sapiens walking there and say the pyramids being constructed. So much lost to history that we will never know.