Although difficult to prove, the study behind 20,000 year old T8 is pretty fascinating. The claims of his superior speed and endurance are made by Australian Anthropologist Peter McAllister in his book, Manthropology. McAllister believes that based on a set of footprints preserved in a fossilised clay bed, many prehistoric Australian Aboriginals could have outrun world 100 and 200 metres record holder Usain Bolt in modern conditions.
By studying the footprints of one of the men, nicknamed T8, it appears that he was able to reach speeds of approx. 37 kph on a soft, muddy lake edge while chasing his prey. Amazing, considering he may not have even been moving at his top speed! Bolt, by comparison, reached a top speed of 42 kph during his then world 100 metres record of 9.69 seconds at the Beijing Olympics.
Since there are no images of T8, I will leave you with some stunning and inspiring pictures of the Indigenous people of Australia, their land and culture. Enjoy!