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Historic prints found on beach; Archaeologists excited by latest discoveries.

PREHISTORIC footprints dating back 7,000 years are being examined by a team of experts on Formby Beach.

Over 50 prehistoric human footprints have already been logged.

And excited experts have also discovered tracks made by ancient animals, and frozen in time for millennia, such as red deer, wild boar, crane - and aurochs.

Aurochs are an extinct type of wild cattle that used to be found in Europe, Asia and north Africa, and were last seen in Europe in the 17th century.

Overseeing the careful excavations have been experts from the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership.

A spokesman said: "A superb sediment bed full of prehistoric footprints on Formby beach is currently being studied by a team from Manchester University.

"Led by archaeologist Alison Burns, who wrote our guides to Fort Crosby and the Prehistoric Footprints at Formby, the team have already logged 58 human footprints and over 2,000 Red Deer prints, frozen for thousands of years in the dried mud.

"The bed, over 90m long, stretches like a who's who of the Mesolithic period along the beach. The trails of aurochs, crane and wild boar have also been found, with the team planning on logging everything over the next week."

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Date:Jun 19, 2016
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