The figure identified here seems to correspond to a headless horse facing right; it is 23 cm long and 9 cm wide, with a maximum between parallels of 23 cm; being on the ceiling, it has no inclination. The groove is superficial, with a V-section, and less than 0.5 mm deep. The line of the chest is pretty clear, and continues down to the front leg, and the start of the ventral line, which disappears under a calcite concretion. One can also see the cervico-dorsal line, which does not extend as far as the rump. In front of the horse we have discerned other incisions which form the shape of a jaw, but they do not correspond to the figure's outline. The groove is superficial with a V-shaped section, and a width and depth of less than 2 mm. In the zone corresponding to the chest one can see an engraved circular line of greater width which does not seem to be associated with any figure. In this panel, located on the cave's ceiling and of a pretty large size, one can see a great quantity of engraved lines—we cannot rule out the possibility that they may comprise other naturalistic depictions and which should be checked in future surveys.
This panel is also located on the left wall, and is the furthest inside the cave, being about 55 m from its mouth. It comprises a group of lines forming a triangle, located about 2.85 m above the present floor. They may possibly form a very schematic vulva, but we have great reservations about its antiquity. This figure is 11 cm long and 10.5 cm wide. The groove of the incision is superficial and not very patinated; it is U-shaped in section, and 3.2 mm wide. Its orientation is 167° relative to magnetic north with an inclination of 12° north. We detected other unconnected lines over the whole surface which are not very patinated, and which do not form any kind of depiction. We explored the gallery to its far end, but no further panels were found on the left wall.
This surface is located on the right wall of the cave, practically opposite panel V, that is, about 50 m from the entrance. One can see only two incised lines, one vertical and the other horizontal, with scant patination, which do not form any explicit depiction.
In the cave's inner zone, about 50 m from the entrance, on the right wall, is panel VII, which was discovered during our first visit in the spring, but our view of it has now been profoundly revised since the sketch circulated in the press was made from one of the first photographs, and had not been checked against the original. Consequently, the supposed bird of prey has now become two bird heads. The lower one is possibly a crane (Ardea purpurea) because of the extended beak and the slightly domed head. The big outline in the middle is currently under study, and we have not reached a definitive conclusion about it, but it could be the head of another bird, facing downwards. We think that the last three figures, located to the right, can be identified as three anatids (geese) of different sizes, facing left. They all seem to be superimposed on each other, and the group is further complicated by another series of apparently unconnected lines. We break Panel VII down as follows (Figs. 2.9, 2.10).
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