Eye Spy with my little Eye has been difficult to track down a suitable “I” for the A-Z …
|The Rhine - Danube routes from the Black Sea|
north to Rotterdam: with the connecting canal ..
it is in this area that many of the German
caves with Ice Age Art are found
Two years ago I went to the British Museum to their exhibition on Ice Age Art … it was packed – but I had a good look round, noted a few interesting snippets and bought the book – thankfully!
|Lascaux Cave Art|
Our scientists have a much better idea of our time in Europe 40,000 to 10,000 years ago … at the time of the Ice Age, when Britain was uninhabitable …
… it was the time humans were evolving quite fast and taking note of their surroundings – from which we can glean much today … as too their community life.
|Ice Age Flutes|
Music was important … flutes have been found made of bird bone and ivory … toys too – there was time for the little ones.
Small sculptures of animals have been found and these with the cave art … give us an early indication of the changes that have occurred to the creatures we know today …
… so we can see that natural selection occurred and as we know from European and British records, we can then see how animals have been bred to adapt to the needs of each era.
|Water Bird in flight or diving|
From this Ice Age Art we note that some creatures provided food and raw materials, while we see the predators that endangered or competed with our ancestors.
|Zaraysk Bison carved from|
The bestiary includes birds, bison, mammoths, woolly rhinoceros, horses, and reindeer … while the predatory creatures found are lions, other big cats, bears …
|Mammoth drawing i Rouffignac Cave|
So we can see over time that nature, and man’s ingenuity have ‘shaped’ animals into the types we find useful today … but we now realise we need to conserve others, so that their qualities are available when conditions and requirements change …
That is I for Ice Age Art that Identifies and Indicates Important species that are found today … from Aspects of British County Rare Breeds …
Counties with the letter I …
(note some Counties have been retired!, or amended over historical local government … but some I’ve included)
England: Isle of Ely; Isle of Wight
Northern Ireland: None
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