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Have Unicorns Ever Roamed The Planet [Video]
 By Winniefield Park   •   8th Jul 2013   •   5,314 views   •   3 comments
They appear in movies, books and stories, in art, on heraldic shields and emblems. But did unicorns ever exist?

Have Unicorns Ever Roamed The PlanetWhat is a Unicorn?
The word unicorn two hundred years ago was used to describe other very non-horse-like animals. In the 1828 Websterís Dictionary, a unicorn is described simply as a single horned animal and the word was most often used to describe a rhinoceros. While there may be scriptural references to unicorns, it is unlikely that these unicorns were horse-like as well. Modern translations of scriptural passages now suggest that the single horned animal was most likely a type of wild ox or may have referred to the Black Rhinoceros.

However, when we think of unicorns, we most likely picture a white horse with a slender, spiraling horn protruding from its forehead. In more ancient depictions, unicorns may have cloven hooves, and can appear quite goat-like. So, there is a bit of controversy about not just if unicorns exist, but what they actually are.

The Modern Unicorn
The modern unicorn, however, is a magical creature. Unicorn tears and blood have healing powers. Powdered unicorn horse is an antidote for poison. Harry Potter's wand contained a strand of unicorn tail hair. They resist being captured and can only be gentled by young maidens. As a symbol of ferociousness, freedom, power and speed, they appear on many coats of arms and emblems. But has anyone really seen one in the flesh?

Have Unicorns Ever Existed?
Before it was discovered that fossils were the mineralized remains of ancient creatures, the spiraled cephalopods were mistaken for unicorn horns. An accompanying full skeleton that included head, body and legs were never found, because cephalpods were sea creatures. Horses have an extensive fossil record, but none appear to have a single horn from its forehead as a unicorn should. Any unicorn skeletons that were discovered later proved fakes. The most famous of these was created in the 1600s. Itís unknown whether the creator, a scientist named Otto Von Guericke created it for fun or whether he really thought, he was putting together unicorn bones. Von Guericke might have had a sense or humor, or maybe not. After all, heís most famous for discovering nothing.



Sightings of unicorns aren't unheard of. A naturalist claims to have seen a unicorn in the Antal Mountains. There was also a recent sighting in the Don Valley, near Toronto, Ontario. While the video is convincing I canít help but think the unicornís gaits are a bit wooden.

By twisting together the horns of goats or cattle, it is possible to create a Ďunicorní, and unicorns do occasionally appear naturally. The Prato Unicorn is a deer with a rare single, central horn. There is a unicorn of the sea, called a Narwahl. The Narwahl has a long tooth protruding from its upper lip. Itís not a horn, and even scientists canít tell us what the purpose of this elongated tooth is.

Maybe thereís hope for the unicorn yet. Scientists discover close to 20,000 new species a year with many species left to find. An estimated five million distinct species is yet undiscovered. After all, if the Coastal Skink, Lesula Monkey, Purple Yoda Worm and the Red-Breasted Barbet have only been recently discovered, the unicorn may be the next big discovery. In some tiny corner of the world unicorns may still exist.
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I have indisputable evidence that Unicorns did exist! Nobody can convince me otherwise :)
  Jul 8, 2013  •  7,390 views
 
Savellla  
Actually, Harry Potter's wand had a pheonix feather core, which is why when good ol' VOldy tried to do Harry in in Goblet of Fire, their twin wands tried to cast spells simultaneously, the phenomenon called priori incantatum occurred. Unicorn hair is a common wand core in the series, though!
/Potterhead out
  Jul 10, 2013  •  5,679 views
 
MISISIPI
Oh, you clearly believe anything!!!
  Jan 20, 2018  •  678 views
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