This lone ovibos (a musk ox) was drawn into the cave wall by Paleolithic people using charcoal. Surviving the arctic cold in Ardeche 36,000 years ago, you can still find these animals on the slopes of the Himalayas today.

This rare representation of the ovibos is found at the back of the Skull Chamber, surrounded by other drawings of mammoths and a physical bear skull.

The Chauvet Cave is located in the Ardeche region of southern France and was visited by the Paleolithic people from 36,000 to 29,000 years ago. These people decorated the caves with animal symbols, abstract signs, and even some representations of human beings, such as handprints, which have been discovered and preserved today.


  • Title: Ovibos

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