It makes for a poignant picture. A woman, carrying a small child, through a wilderness rife with dangerous beasts, the kind that could easily kill a human being. Animals like sabertooths and giant sloths. The latter could shred a human almost as an afterthought. They’re freakin’ huge, and they’ve got freakin’ monster claws. But they were vegetarians, so they probably would’ve only been dangerous to humans if they were provoked. They weren’t predators, like sabertooths and direwolves. With those two, human might well have been one of their favorite dishes.
The longest stretch of prehistoric footprints ever discovered are located in the White Sands National Park in New Mexico. The tracks are 13,000 years old. The stretch might even be longer than the record-setting mile that has been recorded, as they continue on into the White Sands missile range, and scientists can’t follow them to see how far they go. The footprints, of a woman sometimes carrying a child and sometimes with the child walking beside her, with crisscrossed with all kinds of animal tracks—like those aforementioned predators. This means she was walking with a small child right through prime hunting ground. Makes you think, doesn’t it? If I want food, all I have to do is drive a few miles to the nearest McDonalds. I’m not likely to be killed and eaten on the way.