• UPPER PALEOLITHIC LIFE AND DRAWINGS from 32,000 YEARS AGO.


STEPPE WISENT ( BISON PRISCUS) 

From the Chauvet cave. 

This drawing dates back to the Aurignacian period , about 32,000 years ago and is therefore, to our knowledge,  the earliest depiction of an animal ever drawn by man. It is part of a series of drawings to be fond in the Chauvet cave discovered by Chauvet and two colleagues in 1996 and named after him.

The dating of the images was done using radiocarbon dating. 

Because the cave can't be visited by regular tourists, there is a replica which has been recently completed and will be opening this month to the general public. 

The Steppe wisent is an extinct bison once found on steppes in Europe and central Asia as well as North America.

If you can't get to France to see the real thing, watch Werner Herzog's documentary Cave of Forgotten dreams ( 2013).