Under extreme environmental conditions
J.B.S. Haldane, Monograph #23. A Summary Analysis of the Findings of the Unicorn Battlefield Specimen Retrieved from the Hejaz, Journal of Rare Vertebrate Species, Vauxhall University Institute of Zoological Research and Biological Sciences
The specimen we received bore proximate gross anatomical resemblance to the hoof and forehoof of species Equus ferus caballus. Microscopy and chemical analysis yielded far different results than those revealed by comparative external morphology. The molecular bonds binding the internal structure, both hoof and osseous tissue, is crystalline in nature and appears to be silica based. Additional tests have verified these analysis, making this the first and only known silica-based lifeform in the universe. Why the unicorn’s molecular structure is not carbon-based like all other lifeforms is a vast enigma, but it points to the certainty that this creature’s evolutionary process did not occur on this planet. Only recently did this species adapt to life on Earth.
While this may seem like a wild hypothesis, it is supported by the fact that part of this species’ structure includes elements that have been until now, unknown to our periodic table. Based on prior, recent eyewitness reports of its behavior and other gross anatomical features, this creature is an apex predator, or at the very least evolved for conditions where violent competition for resources with its own kind or other species is a daily reality. All of its adaptation points to an evolution in conditions of the utmost environmental extremes.
Embedded in the very atomic structure of its “bones” is the ability to withstand vast fluctuations between extremely high and low temperatures, to survive the melting point of lead, the pressures of the deep sea, and the oxygen-less void of outer space. Its habitat would likely resemble that of an early-Earth, with molten lava rivers and boiling seas, liquid inorganic compounds and an absence of all plant and animal life.
It resembles the horse morphologically, not because it evolved from a branch of the genus Equus, but because for reasons unknown the creature imitates a horse’s form. This accounts for the vast differences between the unicorn and the horse in terms of molecular chemistry, microscopic analysis, and geomorphic traits.
I am able to draw no other conclusions at this time.