'Siberian unicorn' walked Earth with humans

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'Siberian unicorn' walked Earth with humans

#1  Postby DougC » Nov 30, 2018 2:20 pm

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A giant rhino that may have been the origin of the unicorn myth survived until at least 39,000 years ago - much longer than previously thought.

Known as the Siberian unicorn, the animal had a long horn on its nose, and roamed the grasslands of Eurasia.

New evidence shows the hefty beast may have eventually died out because it was such a picky eater.

Scientists say knowing more about the animal's extinction could help save the remaining rhinos on the planet.

Rhinos are in particular danger of extinction because they are very picky about their habitat, said Prof Adrian Lister of the Natural History Museum, London, who led the study.

"Any change in their environment is a danger for them," he told BBC News. "And, of course, what we've also learned from the fossil record is that once a species is gone, that's it, it's gone for good."

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#2  Postby Evolving » Nov 30, 2018 3:20 pm

Very interesting (really), but isn't it more likely that the normal rhino is the origin of the unicorn myth, rather than that a folk memory of this giant one survived for well over 30,000 years?
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#3  Postby Keep It Real » Dec 15, 2018 4:55 pm

I think it more likely the unicorn myth originated because of horses being ridden into battle, and wouldn't it be useful if they had a lance/spear (horn) to "help" further.
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#4  Postby lpetrich » Feb 26, 2019 2:52 pm

Another one is the narwhal. It is a toothed cetacean, with male ones growing a single long tusk forward. Medieval depictions of unicorns often showed them as having horns that closely resemble narwhal tusks. Suggesting that some medieval sea voyagers had passed off narwhal tusks as unicorn horns.
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#5  Postby lpetrich » Feb 26, 2019 3:10 pm

Titled OP link: 'Siberian unicorn' walked Earth with humans - BBC News

This was Elasmotherium sibericum, a rhinoceros species that split off from an ancestor of present-day rhino species about 40 million years ago.

BTW, rhinoceros-like animals have evolved several times. Having four stocky legs is an adaptation for carrying a very massive body -- graviportality -- and it has evolved several times. Having a long and large head on a short neck has also evolved several times, though among other large animals, elephants have rather short heads and sauropods had small heads and long necks. The hippopotamus has a similar head shape but without horns on it.

Uintatherium, Arsinoitherium, the Brontotheriidae, and the ceratopsians all separately evolved rhino-like face horns or knobs, along with similar head shapes.
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#6  Postby Scot Dutchy » Feb 26, 2019 6:28 pm

Must have been Brexiteers. :lol:
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#7  Postby TopCat » Feb 28, 2019 1:20 pm

Not a myth, according to creatards....

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#8  Postby Hermit » Feb 28, 2019 4:04 pm

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#9  Postby felltoearth » Mar 04, 2019 5:46 pm

TopCat wrote:Not a myth, according to creatards....

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So god talks about a unicorn, which might in fact not be a unicorn but a misperception of an Assyrian ox whose two horns might appear as one if you look at it in a particular way.

Seems legit. :smoke:
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