Cave Artists Deemed Superior to Many Contemporary Ones

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When it comes to the realistic depiction of how animals move, cavemen have been proven to out-perform the artists of other eras, from the beginning of recorded time to now.

When it comes to the realistic depiction of how animals move, cavemen have been proven to out-perform the artists of other eras, from the beginning of recorded time to now.

The study was performed by Gabor Horvath, a biological physicist in Hungary. Over time he had observed, based on his own knowledge of the footfall patterns of animals, that many artistic depictions of them were just plain wrong.

At first, he gave the older renderings the benefit of the doubt.

As Eadweard Muybridge released his groundbreaking photos that showed the progression of postures of a horse in motion until 1887, the physicist figured they just didn’t know better.

To be sure, however, he launched a research study.

After comparing a thousand artworks against accurate and scientific depictions of stances, he found that cavemen got it right most often.

Horvath primarily attributed their accuracy to their observation skills, which were likely honed through a combination of time and life-or-death importance.

He also acknowledged that throughout the history of art, some postures have been used as symbolic representations and storytelling vehicles, rather than to provide realistic examples.

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