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Of Unicorns and Dragons

Mythical creatures have been a part of human lore since the dawn of time. They live in our stories, our legends and our imagination. UZH zoologist Heinz-Ulrich Reyer has now published a book that explores these legendary creatures. But how much do our readers know about creatures of myth and legend? Test your knowledge in our quiz, and with some luck you can win a copy of Reyer’s book Rendezvous der Fabelwesen!
Roger Nickl/Heinz Ulrich Reyer
Auschnitt aus dem Buchcover
The unicorn has fascinated mankind for millennia.

Throughout the ages and across all parts of the world, travelers have told fantastical tales of dragons, unicorns and basilisks living in far-away places. Accounts of people claiming to have seen werewolves, Nessie or Big Foot persist to this very day. Creatures such as unicorns and dragons have been immortalized in countless paintings, films, sculptures and stories. In his new book Rendezvous der Fabelwesen (in German), UZH zoologist Heinz-Ulrich Reyer explores what lies behind these fantastical beasts and takes a biological look at the cultural history of mythical creatures. Together with the UZH News team, the author has put together an online quiz for our readers to test their knowledge of unicorns, dragons and other legendary beings. Answer the questions for a chance to win a copy of Reyer’s new book Rendezvous der Fabelwesen!

Have fun!

Question 1
Question 2
Question 3
Question 4
Question 5
Question 6
Question 7

The participation period has expired.

The right answers and the winners are revealed in the interview with Hans-Ulrich Reyer.

Picture credits

akg images (Questions 1, 5), akg/Science Photo Library (Question 2), (Questions 3), wikimedia (Questions 4, 5, 6), Museum Winterthur (Question 7)


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