Revealed! Origin of the unicorn

Featured image: Elasmotherium sibiricum skull cast at the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin. CREDIT: FunkMonk SOURCE: Wikipedia Commons (Public Domain).

From TerraDaily by Staff Writers
Beijing, China (SPX) Jun 27, 2013

A tandem-horned rhino from the Late Miocene of China reveals origin of the unicorn elasmothere

Although modern Indian and Javan rhinos have a single horn on their noses, the extinct one-horned rhino Elasmotherium was a source of the unicorn legend because it had a two meter-long horn on its forehead and lived with prehistoric humans that drew its image on cave paintings. All other elasmotheres had a weak or strong nasal horn, whereas Elasmotherium lost its ancestral nasal horn and instead developed a long frontal horn. . . . Read Complete Report

 

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