Theoretically, do you think it would be possible to design/create a unicorn?
Specifically I’m interested in what techniques you would consider best to use (genes and DNA, breeding etc.), and what animal would be used as a ‘starting template’.
I ask this because generally animals with antlers/horns (deer, gazelle..) are even-toed ungulates, so this would suggest that maybe a unicorn, if it were to exist, would be too, and so would probably have cloven hooves? (i.e. it wouldn’t be the conventional ‘horse with a horn’)
However, rhinos are odd-toed ungulates, as are horses, and rhino horns are composed entirely of keratin, in a similar way that horse hooves are made of keratinised material (correct me if I’m wrong anywhere, please!) so I’m wondering if unicorns -would- be odd-toed ungulates after all?