Then came the discovery of Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave in southern France, a cave that contains the best-preserved figurative and earliest accepted cave paintings, ca. 38,000 BCE, in the world. When the discovery of Chauvet was announced, one researcher stated: As far back in history as Lascaux is from the present day, Chauvet is equally distant back in history from Lascaux. The visual key however was that Chauvet cave imagery exhibited predominantly male animals. But that is not the story here.