The entrance of the Lascaux cave in southwestern France, famous for its Paleolithic cave paintings, was discovered in 1940 by 18-year-old Marcel Ravidat and his dog, Robot. Robot fell into a hole, and Ravidat explored it with his friends, finding walls covered with depictions of animals.

Lascaux

For Lascaux in the Corrèze department, see Lascaux, Corrèze.

Lascaux (French: Grotte de Lascaux, “Lascaux Cave”; English: /læsˈkoʊ/, French: [lasko]) is a complex of caves near the village of Montignac, in the department of Dordogne in southwestern France. Over 600 parietal wall paintings cover the interior walls and ceilings of the cave. The paintings represent primarily large animals, typical local contemporary fauna that correspond with the fossil record of the Upper Paleolithic in the area. They are the combined effort of many generations and, with continued debate, the age of the paintings is now usually estimated at around 17,000 years (early Magdalenian). Lascaux was inducted into the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 1979, as … Continue Reading (14 minute read)

9 thoughts on “The entrance of the Lascaux cave in southwestern France, famous for its Paleolithic cave paintings, was discovered in 1940 by 18-year-old Marcel Ravidat and his dog, Robot. Robot fell into a hole, and Ravidat explored it with his friends, finding walls covered with depictions of animals.”

  1. LeaguePillowFighter

    Booo! The site doesn’t say if Robot was found ok.

  2. RainStarNC

    Ahead of his time to name a dog “Robot” in the 40s.

  3. silverback_79

    In 2040 the caves were destroyed by Marcel’s descendant Francois after he lost control of his robot, “Dog”.

  4. Mister_Newling

    Kurzgesagt has a pretty cool video on it the content of which is by John Green called the Anthroposcene reviewed, 10/10 recommend

  5. nrith

    Did “robot” mean the same thing in 1940s French that it does today? A quick glance at [the etymology](https://www.cnrtl.fr/definition/robot) suggests that it was indeed borrowed from the Czech for “slave” to mean an automaton, but would it have been widely understood at the time? Or can it mean something else entirely?

  6. globex_co

    It’s like a real life Blaster Master! Except a dog instead of a frog.

  7. jaradi

    Plot twist. The dog made those paintings.

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