According to the scientific magazine Discover, thanks to carbon dating, scientists have recently determined that these animals, which have become mythical, were therefore able (and badly took them for some) to rub shoulders with the first humans…
There is only one step to take to wonder if it is not our Siberian unicorn who inspired our tales and legends?
It is perhaps possible that it has remained in the collective memory. Because unicorn has long fascinated. It nevertheless appears more strongly in our Western culture, probably at the junction between Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Mixture from ancestral stories of travelers like the Greek Ctesias or later Marco Polo, the one who will also be called “unicorn” will titillate the imagination. Tinted with the horse, the goat, the antelope or the rhinoceros, the animal does not always have the shape as we currently imagine it. Sometimes represented with a small goatee, sometimes with two horns too, it is nevertheless situated between the equine and the goat, with its unique spiral-shaped white appendage.
They are also found – in varying forms – in Persian, Indian or Chinese cultures, where they are part of a whole series of legends and myths.
At the end of the Middle Ages, at the turn of the Renaissance, the unicorn became a mega-star in the West.