We’ve been fascinated by unicorns for a very long time

The unicorn trend is not something new. Humans have been fascinated by unicorns for at least 10,000 years. And probably for at least 10,000 more.

If I had a dime for every opinion article I’d come across this past year claiming that we’ve reached ‘peak unicorn’ and that the unicorn trend will only decline from here, I’d have a lot of dimes.

The truth is that humans have been fascinated by this creature called the unicorn since prehistoric times. 10,000 years and going strong.

Prehistoric cave paintings of unicorns have been found around the globe from Europe to the Middle East, to Africa to Asia, and even South America. These unicorns take many different shapes and very few resemble the horse with a horn that we’ve come to recognize in modern times as a unicorn. These unicorns were inspired by other beasts, including cave bears, bulls, horses, and other animals long gone extinct and unknown to us today.

The ancient Greeks believed unicorns existed, just as bears, snakes, and dolphins existed. They were not considered to be mythical creatures.

Unicorns are even mentioned in the Bible several times.

So, no, we have not reached ‘peak unicorn’, and likely won’t for at least another 10,000 years. Keep on loving unicorns!


Sources

  1. Evidence of unicorns found in cave paintings?
  2. A brief history of the unicorn
  3. Unicorns in prehistory

Image source: By HTO (Own work (own photo)) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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