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A pair of human footprints once graced a slab of limestone on the west bank of the Mississippi River at St. Louis.  In 1816 or 1817 the slab was quarried from its postiion & removed by a Mr. George Rappe to the village of Harmony (Now New Harmony), Indiana.  The prints were 10 1/2 inches long, & 4 inches wide at the toes, 6 1/4 inches apart at the heels, & 13 1/2 inches apart at the toes, reported Henry R. Schoocraft:


"The toes being very much spread, & the foot flattened in a manner that happens to those who have been habituated to go a great length of time without shoes.  Notwithstanding this circumstance, the prints are strikingly natural, exhibiting every muscular impression, & swell of the heel & toes, with a precision & faithfulness to nature, which I have not been able to copy, with perfect exactness, in the present drawing...........

Every appearance will warrant the conclusion that these impressions were made at a time when the rock was soft enough to recieve them by pressure, & that the marks of feet are natural & genuine."

In the geologic scheme of things, this limestone hardened about 270 million years ago.  Both the rock & the prints in it were said to show the same evidence of wear & aging.

From: Mysteries of the Unexplained, page 35, by Reader's Digest.
They give their source as:
The American Journal of Science & Arts, 1:5:223 - 31, 1822


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