Throughout history, exotic animals, with special appearances, have captured the imagination of Europeans. Starting from a copy of exotic creature, look at who knows when their ancestors, people of Europe perpetuated the myth that there are all sorts of amazing creatures, describing them in text and images representing them.
Giraffe brought by Julius Caesar in Rome to celebrate the triumph of the campaign in Egypt has astounded the year 46 BC the Romans. en, and the giraffe received a gift of Lorenzo De Medici in 1486 he left with gaping citizens of Florence. Long time, this animal was the sole representative of the family, unlike with any other species, until the twentieth century, Europeans have had the new opportunity to marvel in the existence of a relative of the giraffe – her only living relative, from what we know: rare and imposing okapi. And since it’s about a little-known animal, who learns he still has a chance to wonder, even now, in this century.
Family Giraffe , the giraffe and okapi part, was once much richer in species than today: in the last 20 million years, about 20 species have been spread over vast territories in Eurasia and Africa. (A notable member of this family was Sivatherium a giraffe wearing, instead of “horns” discrete bone specific giraffe, some huge overtime spectacular branched bone, which gave him the appearance of a deer rather than a relative of the giraffe. Sivatherium mega-fauna was a representative of the population Sahara 7000 years ago, back when it was a green and fertile plains .)
Today, this family I have left only two species, both living in Africa: giraffe Savannah species, and okapi, a resident of the jungle. Features skull and other morphological features prove kinship of these species, although at first European explorers and zoologists believed okapi as a kind of zebra.