Early cave-dwellers were better able to depict animals in drawings than their modern counterparts.
The findings are based on a study conducted at the Eotvos University in Budapest, Hungary. Researchers compared numerous cave paintings against findings from the 1880s pertaining to the way in which four-legged animals walked. What they found was that early cave paintings depicted the correct gait far more than depictions of four-legged animals from the Renaissance and beyond. Even Leonardo Da Vinci's sketch of a horse seemed to have gotten it wrong.
The researchers concluded that their penchant for accurate observations may have been driven by survival - early man needed to master the way in which animals moved and behaved in order to hunt them whereas in modern times this would not have been as important.
"Of the 39 ancient cave paintings depicting the motion of four-legged animals that were considered in the study, 21 nailed the sequence correctly, a success rate of 53."
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