The Natural History Of Unicorns

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Granta Publications, 06.03.2014

For centuries, unicorns have inspired, enchanted and eluded humanity. The beast appears in the Old Testament and there was a brisk trade in unicorn parts in medieval times, with travellers regularly reporting sightings into the modern era. But by the early twentieth century scientists had conceded that the unicorn never existed. It turns out they were a little hasty.

Where did the unicorn come from, and how was it accepted as a part of the animal kingdom for so long? Chris Lavers argues that although the unicorn of our imagination isn't real, traces of its character can be found in existing species. In this lively and vivid exploration of the natural world, Lavers follows the beast's trail to the plateaus of India and into the jungles of Africa to unearth the flesh and blood ancestors of our iconic unicorn.

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THE NATURAL HISTORY OF UNICORNS

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Lavers (Natural History/Univ. of Nottingham; Why Elephants Have Big Ears: Understanding Patterns of Life on Earth, 2001) ingeniously tracks the myth-making of the unicorn, a 2,500-year "windy road ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Unicorns exist ~~ on that let there be no doubt. For what is myth is bounded by reality. Myth hinges on reality; without myth stories would not circulate and fantasies would not exist. Oh yes unicorns ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Über den Autor (2014)

Chris Lavers is a lecturer in the School of Geography, University of Nottingham. He is the author of Why Elephants Have Big Ears (2000), which has been translated into several languages. He has written for the Spectator, New Statesman and the Guardian.

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