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Were Pegasus or Unicorns Real?

Have you ever wondered if Unicorns or Pegasus ever existed? Well very likely one did not, but the other might have. Let us find out more about these two legendary equines and discover which one might have been real and which had no chance.

Pegasus

Pegasus was a flying horse, often a specific animal rather than a type of animal. He was borne of Greek myth and legend. Always depicted as white, and usually shown as a male, this flying horse is now used on many logos. But, could there have really been such an animal?

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pegaz_Opera_Pozna%C5%84.jpg

To date and throughout fossil history there are no known mammals with three sets of limbs. In fact there are no known reptiles, amphibians, or birds, with six limbs be they wings or legs. While horses have been born with two limbs, or none at all, none have been born with wings. It is doubtful that such an animal could survive live birth (or at least its parent couldn’t), and as such I would have no doubt that this animal, beautiful as it were, never existed, nor could it.

Unicorns

Unicorns are horse-like animals, typically shown as being white, with a single, straight, horn in the middle of their head. They have existed, at least in fable, for thousands of years. Their horns, said to hold magical powers, were reportedly sold throughout ancient history. We now believe that actually what people were buying and selling were narwhal horns, a whale that grows straight horn-like tusks, and lives in northern oceans.

unicorns are real by chris.corwin.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/flickerbulb/152170069/

No horse ever has been found to have horns, but in fact the Unicorn was not a horse. Since the middle ages they are often illustrated with a goat beard, and lions tail, the most important feature is the cloven hooves. This is important, because only animals with cloven hooves have horns.

It may have been that an animal did exist with two horns, but when seen in profile appeared to have one. This is a possibility suggested by a prehistoric cave painting in Lascaux, France, where an animal with two straight horns appears to be one horn due to the perspective of the drawing. It is very likely that such an animal did exist and was hunted to extinction or died out on its own, as many other species of that time have.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Unicorn.jpg

According to legend Unicorns went extinct when the Biblical figure, Noah, failed to load them onto the ark, (a story I personally disbelieve).

People have manipulated horn buds on other animals, such as goats, and cattle, to have them grow a horn in the middle of the head, but natural occurrences are pretty much unknown.

Could they have existed? Yes, but if so they were cloven animals, and not related to horses. Therefore it is also likely their representation through art as being horse-like may not be accurate. They were probably smaller and more deer like.

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  1. martie

    On October 3, 2009 at 8:49 am


    great article. Both animals are still beautiful even if they are fantasy.

  2. Lostash

    On October 3, 2009 at 10:50 am


    It’s a lovely thought though isn’t it!

  3. Darla Beck

    On October 3, 2009 at 11:04 am


    Interesting article.

  4. Ruby Hawk

    On October 3, 2009 at 12:30 pm


    Even so mythology is wonderful and I have always loved fairy tales.

  5. Avaxier

    On October 3, 2009 at 12:40 pm


    Very interesting article. I think Unicorn might exist too.

  6. Diverseblogger

    On October 3, 2009 at 1:28 pm


    What a marvelous article! This was something that I am happy that i’ve read. So crative and unique. Keep it up

  7. Sourav

    On October 3, 2009 at 4:39 pm


    Nice to read really!

  8. PR Mace

    On October 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm


    Oh, if only they were real and a part of our everyday lives what a great world it would be. I have always loved the story of the unicorns missing the ark because they were busy playing silly games.

  9. mystery61

    On October 3, 2009 at 11:12 pm


    Nice article, very interesting!

  10. lillyrose

    On October 4, 2009 at 1:37 pm


    A beautifully written article!

    I adore both those creatures, it would have been so wonderful if they had existed. Maybe this is where the colour white for pure came from, black always is portrayed as being bad! but give me a black horse any day as opposed to white! those grass staines never come off and the sunburn on the pink muzzle, well we just won’t go there!

    It was thought that white (grey to me and you) horses always took the lead when a wild herd was running. Perhaps you will know more about that theory than me!

    Thanks for sharing a lovely article. x

  11. deep blue

    On October 6, 2009 at 4:29 am


    I believe there’s a plane of being where unicorns really exist. I know you will come through this kind of topic because you like horses. Well, written.

  12. Yusuf2554

    On October 13, 2009 at 2:45 am


    Interesting, i reckon they might have existed i mean why not

  13. Jerzaine

    On October 18, 2009 at 3:40 am


    I know they might exist someday, I don’t know how but they will, because I know this creatures will appear to you when you strongly believe in them, just keep on believing.

  14. julia

    On May 16, 2010 at 12:51 pm


    PEOPLE PEGASUS AND UNICORNS WERE REAL its true i read a nonfiction book about horses and ponys but sadly they were real in the olden days :(

  15. julianne

    On November 11, 2010 at 6:41 pm


    i totally think that like someoneelse said that if you beleave in unicorns or pegasuses then your doing a great job of keeping it alive

  16. kiki

    On February 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm


    I hope Unicorns come back if they did excist. :\

  17. Tatyana

    On June 9, 2011 at 1:11 am


    I think that unicorn and pegasus exict?

  18. yousef

    On March 26, 2012 at 1:21 pm


    i wish a peguesus was alive it would be awosome dont you think so to

  19. nikki smith

    On April 20, 2012 at 10:53 am


    I BELIEVE IN BOTH PEGASUS AND UNICORNS!!! I <3 TEM BOTH!! ;)

  20. Ainsley

    On May 26, 2012 at 4:59 pm


    Guys maybe you haven’t seen a pegasus or unicorn in REAL life but still the truth is that there are special things in life here are the things about it down here .
    1.You know the breeding with a killer whale and bottlenose dolphin?They created the new species:the wolphin.
    2.Different species animals breeding can create new species such as a goat and horse breed maybe get a unicorn.
    So look out for the future and YOU might breed animals and create the species the unicorn or pegasus so look to the future!

  21. sebo

    On November 14, 2012 at 6:47 am


    This sucks unicorns and Pegasus is just a myth

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