Did Our Ancestors Draw the Animals They Ate?

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Grotte Chauvet - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Did our ancestors draw the animals they ate? (2019/2019) by Fanny Le BagousseGrotte Chauvet - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Did our ancestors draw...

A. Only animals that were too big to be hunted or B. Some of the animals they ate

The correct answer is...

B. Some of the animals they ate

Horses panel (Chauvet cave) (2006/2006) by L. GuichardGrotte Chauvet - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Among the animals depicted in the bestiaries of the approximately 400 decorated caves known to exist in Europe, there are many bovids (aurochs), horses, and reindeer that formed part of our ancestors' diets. 

Wool Rhinoceros (Coelodonta antiquitatis) #3 (2019-05-21/2019-05-21) by David Huguet/smergcGrotte Chauvet - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Mammoths and woolly rhinoceros were dangerous to humans, who probably preferred to simply take advantage of their carcasses whenever they found them (as carrion).

Who was Cro-Magnon Man? (2019/2019) by Fanny Le BagousseGrotte Chauvet - UNESCO World Heritage Site

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