Today, relatives of these monsters can still be found — roaming the African savannas or the Indian jungles, or even eating peanuts from the hands of small children in city zoos.
In fact, the ancient Greek sailors found elephant skulls.
In this example, the animal is rendered in the typical strict profile, standing before what might be an altar.
What they mistook for single eye sockets were the nasal openings for the elephants' trunks.Over the centuries, our understanding of mammals, both living and extinct, has improved considerably. by Nancy Hathaway Unicorn "sightings" occurred throughout the world, but the mythical creature wasn't the same in each description.