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The Giant Footprint of South Africa imprinted onto a an equally big rock in the Mpuluzi area of Mpumalanga measures 1.2 meters from toe to heel.
The print is in granite and shaped vertically. Somebody chalked the name ‘Goliath,’ adjacent to the massive rock foot stamp.
It is believed to be 200 Million Years Old and was discovered in 1931 by a farmer known as Stoffel Coetzee, while hunting in the location.
Since then the giant foot print on the rock has remained one of the most controversial sites in archaeology and geological researches.
For the locals, it seems they usually find, or suspect, many strange anomalies around the rock which bears the Giant Footprint.
The footprint, if it is indeed a footprint, is in rough granite or Crystiform Granite.
Was it a Yeti or the similarly called ‘Big Foot,’ or some giant alien race that roamed the Earth hundreds of millions of years ago?
The footprint being massive in scale, yields speculations that it could have been made by an extraterrestrial species as it cannot be possibly human.
All the same, the majority agree that it is still a prehistoric ‘footprint,’ stamped into the granite outcrop.
For many observers the feature should be a convincing piece of evidence that giants once roamed the earth and at one time visited or maybe settled in South Africa.
Similar rock imprinted ancient footprints can also be found around Lake Victoria area on Tanzanian side.
The South African ‘foot’ is about 120 centimeters long and bears the distinct shape of a bare foot.
There are people who dismiss it as just a matter of natural erosion.
Others are on the view that the imprint could only have been left by someone who placed weight on soft rock, like molten lava.
All the same, the footprints on Rock remain a fascinating find and a really an attractive site for tourists to visit.
Local African cultures have created myths and legends around the footprint.
A number of people visiting the site have been creating beliefs it is a sacred area where fortuned can be realized after one places a valuable coin in its ‘heel’.
Other have even attached some religious significance to the print.