The footprints have provided scientists with clear evidence that prehistoric humans were active and existed in northern Europe. According to Nick Ashton of the British Museum the find is said to be, "one of the most important discoveries, if not the
most important discovery that has been made on [Britain's] shores," and the find could rewrite the history and understanding of humans who occupied parts of Britain and Europe.
The first indication of the markings of the footprints were discovered last May 2013, when an exceptionally low tide and rough seas had revealed the several hollows. There are only three other sets of footprints that are older than the ones found in Happisburgh, all of which are located in Africa, reports BBC Science
The scientists had to work against the clock before the next high tide came in and washed the evidence away. But the find was videoed and will be shown at the Natural History Museum
The prints had been left by a small party of adults, evident by size 8 feet, and children — possibly looking for food. The foot size suggests the adults stood around 5 feet 7 inches (1.70m) tall. But as the winter storms batter the coastline of the UK, scientists are hoping for several more prints to be uncovered. The cliffs in the area are eroding back at alarming rates and could expose more prehistoric finds for the first time, scientists hope.
The Happisburgh Project is showcasing
the area's link to prehistoric findings where half a million years ago France and the southern coast of England and the Norfolk coastline were linked
by a wide expanse of land.