Unicorn Animal Story: Myth to Fossil Discovery

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Unicorns are legendary creatures that resemble horned horses. Maybe, until now, not many know how the legend of the Unicorn originated.

According to Dorothy Ann Bray, a mythologist from McGill University, Canada, a unicorm story emerged from the story of the residents. “Also, the wrong interpretation of the horned rhinoceros,” Bray said, as quoted from the Phys.org page.

The legend of the unicorn, Bray explained, first appeared from an anonymous fable book entitled Physiologus. The 2nd century book compiled in Alexandria, Egypt, contains a description of the unicorn.

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Then, medieval people borrow the fable and become a myth. The authors of the medieval story of the Bestiary (fable about monster animals) expand the meaning of unicorns into the symbol of Christ and purity.

“Medieval people think only a virgin can tame a unicorn,” Bray said. And medieval people believe that unicorn horn can neutralize poisons and cure all kinds of diseases.

The unicorn was again talked about after a joint team of scientists from Kazakhstan and Russia found fossils of ancient animals that had physical features such as unicorns, which have horns on the forehead. It’s called Elasmotherium sibiricum. But don’t be happy first. Unicorn sightings that once lived around 350,000 years ago are very different from those in legend and mythology.

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On the contrary, his appearance could be said to be more like a rhinoceros. These ancient animals are stocky, but thick hairy. Scientists call it a unicorn because there are horns that grow on their foreheads.

Andrei Valerievich Shpansky, a scientist from Tomsk State University, Russia, together with Valentina Nurmagmbetovna Aliyassova and Svetlana Anatolievna Ilyina, researchers from the Pavlodar State Pedagogical Institute, Kazakhstan, revealed this unicorn-like creature from fossils found in the Siberian region.

The study, published in the American Journal of Applied Sciences, seeks to uncover environmental conditions in the era of ancient unicorn life. “Understanding the past makes our predictions about the future more accurate,” Shpansky said, as quoted from the Daily Mail page.

Although the fossil horns have never been found, according to the team, the tandung on this forehead can grow to one meter. This fossil discovery originated from the story of the Tatars in Siberia about the unicorn horn that was so large that it needed a sled to carry it.

According to Shpansky and the team, these fossils were well preserved by nature when they were discovered. “There are no signs of being eroded by nature,” he said. From the analysis of fossil conditions, according to the team, the Siberian climate at that time caused many E. sibircum to die. Until finally they moved to the Kazanstan mainland

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