Writing Prompt: Interpreting Ancient Footprints

The Laetoli footprints of Australopithecus afarensis, discovered in a bed of volcanic ash by Mary Leaky in 1978, are about 3.6 to 3.8 million years old. What makes them remarkable is that they offer some of the earliest evidence of bipedalism in hominins (hominins include us and some of our closest extinct biological relatives).

(This is not Laetoli, by the way, but you could always pretend)

You know what would be really cool? 3.6 to 3.8 myo fossil footprints showing early warewolfism in ancient human ancestors. Heck yes!

Prompt: Interpreting Ancient Footprints

In this scenario you come across a fossilized track of ancient footprints that appear to have belonged to early warewolf-like ancestors. You can tell because of the way the footprints morph shapes over the distance they travel. Your job is to reconstruct from this particular set of footprints who transformed into their warewolf selves first, what the altercation was, and who won out in the end. Of course, you are trying to unlock this clue to ancient warewolfism while outsmarting dangerous looters at the dig site who keep delaying your work.

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Sarah E. Seeley is a fantasy and horror author, and an affiliate member of the Horror Writers Association. She has a bachelor’s degree in geology and loves exploring the science of human origins.

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