Glimpses at the lost world of our ancestors

The present can be confounding, so sometimes it’s good to look to the distant past for a long-term perspective.

Record Editor Sid Tafler is taking a break from election coverage just after Thanksgiving to present a talk and slide show about the striking works of art created by our ancestors on cave walls as long as 35,000 years ago.

These Cro-Magnon hunters really knew their wildlife, because their lives depended on it. They painted and carved herds of bison, rhinoceros, mammoths and as well as lions, leopards and other predators, which all roamed the European continent during the last Ice Age.

Nearly all the animals portrayed are extinct, so these works provide us with images of life forms we will never see.

Everyone is welcome at this talk at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 in Room 159 of the Fraser Building at the UVic. This presentation is part of a series offered by the Victoria Natural History Society. Admission is free.