In the article “America’s First Teens” (Upfront) I learned that based on the preserved footprints found at White Sands National Park in New Mexico, archaeologists were able to determine that humans have been here longer than they initially thought. The footprints from 23,000 years ago reveal the footprints of teenagers. There were many more children and adults back then, based on how many footprints of younger people they identified. This also meant that young people were in a lot more movement than adults.


I think it’s mind-blowing how teens seemed to be moving more back then. Nowadays, I think that teens hardly even go outside for a walk. But they did have one thing in common with teens now, they loved to hang out with their friends, based on the clusters of prints.


Do you believe that teenagers moved more back then or now?

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