Perhaps there is not accounting for taste, even 16,000 years ago. Archaeologists working in a cave in Spain unearthed the claws of prehistoric cave lions, but no other related bones, such as the skull. The archaeologists suggest that the people who once occupied the cave skinned cave lions, leaving their claws/paws intact, to decorate the floors or walls of the cave.
Paleolithic People Decorated with Cave Lion Pelts
By Nicholas St. Fleur
The New York Times
October 16, 2016