One of the most common yet mythical creature Unicorn that has been described since antiquity as a beast with a single large, pointed, spiraling horn projecting from its forehead.
But the question is the creature for real? Yes, according to a recent revelation, Unicorns existed 29,000 years ago. The Siberian Unicorn was about 6.5 ft. tall and weighed 4 tonnes.
Weighing up to 3.5 tonnes, it lived on the Eurasian grasslands ranging from southwestern Russia and Ukraine to Kazakhstan and Siberia.
Eventually the species went extinct – but exactly when that happened has been in doubt.
However, the researchers, who originally had not a single radiocarbon-dated Elasmotherium fossil, ended up with 23 dated specimens.
‘They very strongly all confirmed that this species survived until at least 39,000 years ago, and maybe as late as 35,000 years ago’.
In European folklore, the unicorn is often depicted as a white horse-like animal with a long horn, cloven hooves, and sometimes a goat’s beard.
In the Middle Ages, it was commonly described as an extremely wild woodland creature, a symbol of purity and grace. In the encyclopedias, its horn was said to have the power to render poisoned water potable and to heal sickness.
In Renaissance times, the tusk of the narwhal was sometimes sold as unicorn horn.
The unicorn continues to hold a place in popular culture. It is often used as a symbol of fantasy or rarity.
Here are few facts about Unicorns – the magical creatures:
1. People Were Imagining Unicorns For A Very Long Time
The first known depiction of a unicorn dates to around 15,000 BCE. Or so people thought, until they realized that the so-called Lascaux unicorn had two horns, drawn confusingly close together.
2. Unicorns Influenced India’s Fate
Genghis Khan reportedly decided not to conquer India after meeting a unicorn, which bowed down to him; he viewed it as a sign from his dead father and turned his army back.
3. Young Women Were Believed To Have Power Over Unicorns
During the Dark Ages, collections known as bestiaries listed the biological properties and medicinal use of known animals, which at the time included unicorns. It’s in these collections that young women had great power over the creatures.
4. Unicorn Is The National Animal Of Scotland
Early unicorn were most famously attached to Scotland’s King James III in the 1400s. Two gold coins of that era were even known as the unicorn. Today, the it is still the national animal of Scotland.