Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Unicorn Retro-Evolution

Unicorn Retro-evolution by Midhat Kapetanovic
(Click on the image to enlarge it.  Seriously, check out the detail!)

Just a small take on presumed Darwinian branching of the Unicorn's evolutionary tree.  You've got your huge savanna rhino type, a polar musk-ox variety, a mountain goat wannabe and a tiny swamp pony scuttling through the dense vegetation.  Hope you enjoy them!

Best regards from Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Midhat Kapetanovic


Trish said...

I'm a sucker for unusual unicorns and these are awesome!

El Squibbonator said...

One nitpick: these unicorns can't be Perissodactyls (members of the same order as horses)--they have split hooves. They must be Artiodactyls, and if so, I wonder which family they're most closely related to?

midoka5 said...

Thanx for the comments, guys! Now, dear El Squibbonator, to answer your question regarding the hooves; my idea was that the toe displacement in all of those creatures is directly connected to their common ancestors which must have, at some point in their development, fled from the savannas and started inhabiting areas where a single toe is not an option. There they grew back more hooves on each side of the existing one in order to have greater purchase on varying surfaces such as snow, sand, mud and sharp rock. So, in a nutshell, their ancestor is not a cloven-hoof animal, but a perissodactyl such as a rhino or a Brazilian tapir.

Trish said...

Tapiricorns! I love it!

I wonder what the chances are of me luring you over here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/700unicorns/pool/with/4056248799/