Tuesday, 26 January 2010



This unique horn was found in January 1967, fished out of a river in Tamazunchale, Mexico by holidaying pools winner John Mandeville. Mandeville kept the horn until his death in 1999 aged one hundred and eleven , after which the horn was donated to the museum.

The specimen is pure white, 37.5cm long , 2.1cm in circumference and unlike most animal horns is completely solid. Astonishingly, carbon dating revealed that the creature it belonged to died two thousand years ago . In 2000 the horn was sent to Dr Gilberto Tozzi, a renowned zoologist and biochemist at the Royal Academy of Science in London, where it underwent three years of DNA testing. Results show that the horn does not originate from any documented species, although it presents features similar to the Bovidae and Equidae genetic groupings. Dr Tozzi has offered a speculative theory of how the creature might look;

“It is likely that it would have been large, with equine features, as this would allow support of a single, heavy, horn. Curvatures at the base of the horn suggest its location in the centre of the animal’s forehead. Its discovery in Mexico indicates the creature would have cloven hooves like a goat, for mobility on varied terrain. It is possible that the animal’s coat would be white or grey to reflect heat from the sun. In short, it would have looked like a cross between a domestic goat and a horse.”
Dr Gilberto Tozzi PhD

Examples of similar creatures have been seen in medieval tapestries, although the existence of these mythical ‘unicorns’ have always been dismissed. The horn’s ability to cause spontaneous cell regeneration has cast new light on these ancient stories. Mandeville had always asserted that it was the horn which kept him in good health, working as a fisherman in Cornwall until his accidental death. Exposure to the horn produced regeneration in dying and diseased plant and animal tissue. One experiment saw a small fox survive lethal poisoning when treated with powdered horn mixed with water. Samples are still being tested by medical researchers across the UK, with many predicting its secrets could revolutionise medicine in the 21st Century.


Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Harold Ernest letters ( 2009 )

My Dear Friend,

Construction of the bus station is progressing quite rapidly. The James Bridge Steel company have agreed to take on extra staff so that the iron framework will be delivered on time - which is fantastic - but of course means that the invoicing work has doubled. At this rate, Mr Jellico anticipates completion in early May of next year. We also expect to complete well under our estimated budget.

It is not this, however, which is at the forefront of my mind; perhaps that’s why I forgot to mention it in my last letter to you. I have become far more concerned with the matter of our universe and the implications of computer science in space travel, and how it could help with the country’s regeneration. The war seems further away every day, yet we are progressing and the process of rebuilding is slow indeed.

I think perhaps space travel could offer the people new hope. I fear I may be starting to sound like a council member, after spending so many days working closely with them. The new wallpaper sounds very appropriate, but I think it will be a long time yet before I can visit again. How is the rest of the collection? I was very interested in the plans for your next expedition; it seems travel is in both our blood, although your achievements as yet stretch much further than my own .

I hope to here from you soon,

Yours Sincerely,

Harold Ernest