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The unicorn myth - A 70 000 year old memory

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    Posted: 08 Feb 2010 at 03:40
I was looking at a discovery channel or BBC documentary recently that explained that the mythical unicorn was not a random creation. 70 000 years ago, the elasmotherium lived on earth, an animal that was litterarly a mix of horse and rhino. People that lived back then probably grouped it with the horse. The elasmotherium became extinct but not from the generations of people that lived on.







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very interesting, maybe when bones of these animals were discovered it led to people believing in the mythical unicorns you see in old legends. It is similar to the assumption that people back then thought there were Dragons when they came across Dinosaur bones.
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Yes, that is very probable.
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Adrienne Mayor, classicist and folklorist has also suggested that tales about griffins have arisen, or at least been reinforced, by sightings of Protoceratops skeletons in Central Asia. Especially the skull with its beak like jaws do for sure remind one of a griffin.

Picture of a Protoceratops skull:

http://gastondesign.com/07galleries/dinoskull/p7hg_img_1/fullsize/protoskullmedium_fs.jpg


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I read an article recently on this creature too. So I wonder, if that thing is our mythical Unicorn then our ancestors must have been smoking some pretty good stuff. Either that or later generations embellished quite a bit. Looks like a furry rhino. Rhinocorn.Big smile


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