The Reading / Listening - Drawing - Level 2

Neanderthal man, who lived over 35,000 years ago, was not as good at drawing as later humans. Neanderthal man became extinct tens of thousands of years ago. They had large brains and made tools to hunt, but they found it difficult to draw things. Later humans could draw animals and other figures on rocks and cave walls. Professor Richard Coss, an expert on pre-historic drawings, studied photos and videos of early art. He studied drawings of animals made by human artists from 28,000 to 32,000 years ago in the south of France.



The difference in drawing ability could be because of hunting skills. Neanderthal man hunted animals that were easier to kill. Later humans hunted dangerous animals. This needed better hand-eye coordination. Professor Coss said Neanderthal man could remember what animals looked like, but they could not use these mental images with the hand-eye coordination that is necessary for drawing. Professor Coss said later humans used drawings to plan their hunting. They used the drawings to discuss which parts of an animal's body to target.

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Sources
  • https://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/ucd/neanderthals-were-good-hunters-bad-artists/
  • https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180209100727.htm
  • http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2018/02/why-there-were-no-neanderthal-picassos-a-new-theory-of-evolution.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. not as good
  2. Neanderthal man
  3. made tools
  4. they found it difficult
  5. figures on rocks
  6. an expert on pre-
  7. drawings of animals made
  8. in the south
  1. to draw things
  2. by human artists
  3. at drawing
  4. of France
  5. to hunt
  6. became extinct
  7. historic drawings
  8. and cave walls

Paragraph 2

  1. The difference
  2. hunted animals that were
  3. Later humans hunted
  4. remember what animals
  5. they could not use these mental
  6. hand-eye
  7. later humans used drawings
  8. which parts of an animal's
  1. dangerous animals
  2. images
  3. body to target
  4. to plan their hunting
  5. easier to kill
  6. in drawing ability
  7. looked like
  8. coordination

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Neanderthal man, (1) ___________________ 35,000 years ago, was not as good at drawing (2) ___________________. Neanderthal man became extinct tens of thousands of years ago. They had large brains and made (3) ___________________, but they found it difficult to draw things. Later humans could draw animals and other figures on (4) ___________________ walls. Professor Richard Coss, an expert on (5) ___________________, studied photos and videos of early art. He studied drawings of animals made (6) ___________________ from 28,000 to 32,000 years ago in the south of France.

The difference in drawing ability could be because (7) ___________________. Neanderthal man hunted animals that were (8) ___________________. Later humans hunted dangerous animals. This needed better hand-eye coordination. Professor Coss said Neanderthal man could remember (9) ___________________ like, but they could not use (10) ___________________ with the hand-eye coordination that is necessary for drawing. Professor Coss said later humans used drawings to (11) ___________________. They used the drawings to discuss which parts of an animal's (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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awingaslaterhumans.Neanderthalmanbecameextincttensofthousa
ndsofyearsago.Theyhadlargebrainsandmadetoolstohunt,buttheyfo
unditdifficulttodrawthings.Laterhumanscoulddrawanimalsandother
figuresonrocksandcavewalls.ProfessorRichardCoss,anexpertonpre-
historicdrawings,studiedphotosandvideosofearlyart.Hestudieddraw
ingsofanimalsmadebyhumanartistsfrom28,000to32,000yearsagoin
thesouthofFrance.Thedifferenceindrawingabilitycouldbebecauseofh
untingskills.Neanderthalmanhuntedanimalsthatwereeasiertokill.La
terhumanshunteddangerousanimals.Thisneededbetterhand-eyec
oordination.ProfessorCosssaidNeanderthalmancouldrememberwha
tanimalslookedlike,buttheycouldnotusethesementalimageswiththe
hand-eyecoordinationthatisnecessaryfordrawing.ProfessorCosssa
idlaterhumansuseddrawingstoplantheirhunting.Theyusedthedrawi
ngstodiscusswhichpartsofananimal'sbodytotarget.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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