The men of the Paleolithic Age doubtless passed much of their time in the open, following the game from place to place, and, when night came on, camping out under the stars. They may have built huts, also. More commonly they took shelter under rock ledges and in caves,as some savages do to-day.
Paleolithic man at the outset must have lived on what nature supplied in the way of wild berries, nuts, roots, herbs, honey, the eggs of wild fowl, shellfish, and grubs, and on the small animals which he could kill by throwing stones and sticks.
As his implements improved and Food supply his skill increased, he became big game. He killed and ate the woolly mammoth, European bison, reindeer, and especially the steppe horse, which at one time roamed in great herds over western Europe. The pelts of the slain animals were made into covers and clothing, as we know from the discovery of flint skin scrapers and bone needles.
Some of these cave dwellers -the Cromagnons – were talented artists. They decorated stone and bone implements a fisher, trapper, and hunter of with engravings, modeled figures in clay, made stone and ivory statuettes, and covered the walls of their caves with a variety of paintings in red, yellow, brown, and other
The subjects are generally animals, though a few representations of the human form have also been found. The best Paleolithic pictures are remarkably lifelike, far surpassing the efforts of modern savages. The men who made them were evidently close observers of animal life.