My interest in these works is partially due to the Euro-centric media frenzy over the paintings in Lascaux as well as the inherent importance and centrality of these works birthed from the center of human migration and origin. Also these paintings are "vanishing" as noted by Mary Leakey and this is due to several factors one of which is the lack of funding for conservation. A guide at the paintings noted that it is crucial to gain public attention to these works as weather and human ignorance are causing them to degenerate more rapidly. As this was being talked about I watched another guide smear his finger across one of the painted figures. :(
Many of the figures depicted contain therianthropic forms and the animals depicted are also of a rather curious nature appearing at first representational and then taking on a multitude of characteristics inherent in the various species known to the region, a sort of combinatory morphology of physique.