Stone Age artists drew the best animals

Friday, 7th December 2012

We've all painted a cat or a dog at some point in our lives, but a new study suggests that cavemen were in fact the best pet painters, producing more accurate drawings than modern and Renaissance artists.

Even the great Leonardo Da Vinci is put to shame by the ancient paintings discovered in the Lascaux caves in South West France, as a study by Dr Gabor Horvath from Eotvos University in Budapest shows that the great artist's anatomical drawings of horses contained a higher percentage of inaccuracies than those of the cavemen.

The results have been published in the Daily Mail, and reveal that the 30,000-year-old prehistoric paintings have an error rate of just 46.2 per cent when depicting animals in motion, while modern artworks – which make use of detailed photographic studies of animals – are wrong 57.9 per cent of the time.

The relationship between prehistoric man and the animals he shared his environment with is well documented, although keeping domestic pets is much more common now that we have specially formulated brands of cat and dog food to help keep our animal friends happy and healthy.