Becky at Serious and Not-So-Serious Musings on Archaeology is also onto the PLOS paper on paleolithic art and naturalism.
@jorios tweeted about a paper published this week in PLoS ONE, from Horvath et al., entitled, "Cavemen Were Better at Depicting Quadruped Walking than Modern Artists: Erroneous Walking Illustrations in the Fine Arts from Prehistory to Today". The title alone motivated me to prioritise reading this paper ASAP. There are so many problems with calling prehistoric people "cavemen." First off, our Palaeolithic ancestors did not universally live in caves. Secondly, the term "prehistory" refers to any society that pre-dates the first evidence of a written language. Prehistory can span an extremely long time-period beyond the Palaeolithic that varies from region to region. In Egypt, "prehistory" may have ended as early as c. 3100 BC, whereas in Australia, prehistory is thought to have ended with the first European colonisation of the Continent, in 1788 AD. In some places, "prehistoric" people lived in sedentary societies and even cities; these settlements (usually) bear little resemblance to caves. I'm honestly horrified that PLoS ONE and the reviewers of this paper allowed this title to be published.