Realistic artistic scenes were created by Stone Age-era people in France to represent animated movement.
In a recent article published in 'Antiquity' an archeologist and artist "argued that by about 30,000 years ago Paleolithic artists used "animation effects" in their paintings. To render the movement, they deconstructed it in successive images." They wrote "Prehistoric man foreshadowed one of the fundamental characteristics of visual perception, retinal persistence."
You can see an animation of some of the cave paintings and learn a new word or two...paleolithic thaumatropes!
Via Beth Dichter