Russian Camels

29 Nov 2017

At ... and ... we have a story of a camel painted on the walls of a cave in the southern Urals that is assigned to the Upper Palaeolithic period. A two humped camel that is presumably related to the modern Asian camel. The age of the painting has been provisionally date to somewhere between 14,500 and 37,700 years ago. No camels are thought to have existed in the Urals at this time as the area was assumed to be very cold as a result of the Late Glacial Maximum. Camels do not exist on cave art in France or Spain ...

    ... other animals painted by humans in the southern Urals include horses and bison, mammoths and woolly rhinoceros. It seems to show influence from the Volga-Caspian region, we are told, rather than SW Europe.