Main character in Jean Auel's historical novel Clan of the Cave Bear and its sequels The Valley of Horses, The Mammoth Hunters, and The Plains of Passage. Ayla is a Cro-Magnon child whose parents die in an earthquake and who is subsequently raised by a Neanderthal woman, Iza. She does not fit in terribly well in their society, as they consider her hideously ugly, and terribly weird for wanting to do new things. The status she gains due to having survived an attack by a cave lion and from Iza's training in healing partially make up for it, and also serve her well later when she leaves the tribe to try and find her own people.