An FIT Bestiary
By Linda Angrilli
Humans have been drawing animals ever since our prehistoric ancestors could pick up a stick and scratch an image in the dirt. The earliest known depiction of an animal—an aurochs, or wild cow, engraved on a limestone slab found in southwestern France in 2012—dates back 38,000 years. Our fellow creatures, so like us and so different, have always fascinated us, evoking feelings from terror to curiosity to tenderness. We marvel at their savage teeth, their gorgeous pelts, their darling babies. We turn them into gods, pets, stories, clothes, dinner. And art, in endless variety.