Human images are not a major theme in the Palaeolithic. Figurative art is dominated by animals, primarily bison and horses. This scant appearance of human figures was a deliberate choice, which likely changed over time and space, and thus it is very difficult to determine rules and social codes.

The heightened realism of silhouettes and the detail of the forms reveal not only anatomical knowledge of the human body  but also a desire to represent it on walls.