Did you know that unicorns really existed?
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Fantasy animal, which looks like a horse with a horn in the forehead and has sympathy for virgins, appeared not so long ago - around the Middle Ages. And it was created, was invented, specifically for fairy tales, so it has almost nothing to do with the real world. And real unicorns, as the editors of Lemurov.net learned, were true monsters. And our distant ancestors had the misfortune to see this personally.
The ancient Greeks knew for sure that unicorns live far in the East, because the stories of merchants who could be trusted reached them. Approximately like the descriptions of the monsters from “The Adventures of Sinbad the Sailor” - in our time it has been found out that almost all of them are based on real things, only exaggerated for greater entertainment for the listener. In the Middle Ages, unicorns were already attempted to study, since from the East they sometimes brought parts of strange horns.
The main and most important nuance: in no myth is the unicorn described as a slender horse riding a horse with a beautiful horn. On the contrary, he is credited only with the similarity with hoofed animals, but otherwise it is a powerful and evil monster, whose horn has deadly power. And the unicorn loves, oh, how he loves to kill, and huge elephants, and stupid travelers. Since then, even the statuettes of unicorns, fairly detailed, have been preserved, only they depict ... a rhino?
At the beginning of the 19th century, fossil remains of a creature called the Elasmotherium were discovered in Russia. They were studied by the famous scientist Alexander Brandt, who, in terms of the location and size of blood vessel marks, concluded that this creature had once had a horn of enormous size. Only one, but much larger than that of a rhinoceros. Here are just these animals died out 250 thousand years ago, so that none of the people could see them live.
And then, in 2016, a skull was found in Kazakhstan only 29,000 years old! This is the time of a man, still illiterate, but already perfectly composing fairy tales. If we consider that the mammoths were considered exterminated by those very ancient people 10,000 years ago, but in reality they lived in remote parts of Siberia before the heyday of Ancient Greece and Ancient China, then the fate of Elasmotheria should be reconsidered. The fact is that their habitat was large, and the people who inhabited it were not the most literate - these were the stories of the miraculous beast that the Europeans heard.
Elasmoterii for the role of the prototype of a unicorn fits almost perfectly. Judge for yourself - when meeting with this beast you first see a giant horn up to 2 m long, which looks like an instrument of the underworld warrior. It is covered with notches and caked blood of the enemies of the little animals weighing almost 5 tons and 5 meters long, which is twice as tall as any man of those times. Elasmotherium really feuded and killed many large and powerful animals with its horn, so the myth is not a myth at all, but simply an observation of nature.
Could a man hunt elasmotheria? And yes and no - if even larger mammoths were pounded, they would have coped with the overgrown rhinoceros. Another thing is that the ancient people killed mammoths because of the extreme need for food, and soon there was a warming, there was a lot of different foods and our ancestors began to lead a much safer lifestyle. So, the unicorns-elasmotherias could well live to the beginning of our era, but only in the most remote places and in extremely small quantities. By the way, this is directly reflected in the myths - a very rare beast.
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Could a man hunt elasmotheria?