Pliny's Monoceros

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Elizabeth Cox Griffith

Pliny's description on the unicorn gave it a long black horn, the head of a deer, the body of a horse, and the feet of an elephant. It's no wonder many people believe Pliny's one horned 'ferocious' creature was ,in fact,a rhinoceros. Rhinoceri just aren't that attractive, so I prefer this image for Pliny's monoceros. As for making the image,I will say that the feet threw me off. I did a few studies of horses and deer, but going from digitigrade to plantigrade was a problem! Chimeras are not easy. It does bother me a bit that the deer model I used was a male deer, and most likely a mule deer from the size of the ears. Pliny's deer would have been native to the Mediterranean, but I'm still not sure what deer are native to that region. Axis, perhaps. Using a male deer head made more sense, as the male deer in rut has the neck muscles to support a horn/ horns and looked better with the larger horse body.

Published More than a year ago

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