Welcome to Animation Domination, Stone Age style. By about 30,000
years ago, Europeans were using cartoon-like techniques to give
observers the impression that lions and other wild beasts were charging
across cave walls, two French investigators find.
created graphic stories in caves and illusions of moving animals on
rotating bone disks, say archaeologist Marc Azéma of the University of
Toulouse–Le Mirail in France and Florent Rivère, an independent artist
based in Foix, France.
“Stone Age artists intended to give life to their images,” Azéma says. “The majority of cave drawings show animals in action.”
torches passed over painted scenes would have heightened onlookers’
sense of seeing live-action stories, the researchers suggest in the June