Palaeolithic people often chose to represent animals life-sized, with anatomical details that are true to life in shape and proportion. The realism of these figures allows us to determine the animals' age, sex and behaviour.

Different poses can be seen depending on the species: horses grazing and walking, bison in an aggressive stance, ibex facing each other, and so on.

At Cap Blanc, where the volumes and outlines of the sculptures are highlighted, the horses are depicted with great realism.

At Roc-aux-Sorciers, where the artist took care to depict the figures in great detail, there is a very realistic depiction of a moving herd of ibex in which one can distinguish males, females and young.