Wednesday 13 January 2021

Unicorns were real.


Legendary Unicorns

A Unicorn is often envisaged as an animal looking like a horse with a single horn on its forehead. The unicorn was seen  in early Mesopotamian artworks and mentioned in the ancient myths of India and China. A passage  in Ancient Greek literature by the historian Ctesias spoke of  a single-horned animal .He  described it as the size of a horse, with a white body, blue eyes, and on its forehead was a long horn coloured red at the pointed tip, black in the middle, and white at the base.There was a  cave painting found in the Hall of the Bulls at the Paleolithic Lascaux Cave showing a single horned creature. In 1866, Vasily Radlov heard  a legend among the Yakuts of Siberia of a “huge black bull” killed by a single spear. The beast was said to have a single horn so large that it had to be transported by sled. It was thought to be a myth until  fossils  came to light in Siberia.

“Elasmotherium, also known as the Giant Rhinoceros or the Giant Siberian Unicorn, is an extinct species of rhino that lived in the Eurasian area in the Late Pliocene and Pleistocene eras. They have been documented from 2.6 million years ago, but the most recent fossils come from around 29,000 years ago. The best known of this species, the E. sibiricum , was the size of a mammoth, covered in hair, and is thought to have had a large horn protruding from its forehead, hence the title “Siberian Unicorn”. According to early estimated descriptions, the beast stood around 2 meters (6.56 ft.) tall, 4.5 meters (14.76 ft.) long, and weighted an impressive 4 tonnes.

In March 2016, a beautifully preserved skull was found in the Pavlodar region of Kazakhstan proving that the animal lived until the Pleistocene era, some 29,000 years ago, instead of the previously held belief that they had died out 350,000 years ago. Based on the size and condition of the skull, it has been suggested that it was a very old male, but it is uncertain how the beast died”


Ancient humans and these unicorns existed at the same time and these ancient unicorns were probably hunted for food.The legends may be a bit fanciful but uni-horned animals did exist and were horse like but covered in fur .There is often some truth in legends and myths and cryptozoologists can often find them useful.If ever you are told to disregard old stories, remember the unicorn.

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