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The Qilin or Kirin is commonly depicted as:

  • having a reddish orange mane
  • resembling a horse
  • having a branch like horn
  • have goat hooves
  • are herbivores
  • being a dark seafoam green coloration
  • having a somewhat long tail ending with a horse tail
  • are covered in something which resembles fish scales
  • have have what appears to be a beard and eyebrows
  • will actively try and avoid harming any creatures
  • are solitary
  • are semi-aquatic

Given these characteristics, what species could the Qilin have evolved from, and what evolutionary pressures would lead to such a being?

  • $\begingroup$ Behemoth or Qilin? You mention both. Or are they the same? $\endgroup$
    – Harel13
    Commented Feb 23, 2020 at 19:35
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    $\begingroup$ @Harel13 Qilin i just forgot to remove all mentions of the Behemoth which copying and pasting $\endgroup$
    – icewar1908
    Commented Feb 23, 2020 at 19:45
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    $\begingroup$ I.M.H.O. Using Copy/Paste to "ask" a question is both disingenous and diminishes both the OP and The reader. For an example of a Truly Great question, please see: worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/146090/… $\endgroup$
    – Joe
    Commented Feb 24, 2020 at 22:06
  • $\begingroup$ @Joe OK i just thought that this and my Behemoth question were similar enough to where i could Copy/Paste the basic outline without taking away from the question but i understand what you mean $\endgroup$
    – icewar1908
    Commented Feb 24, 2020 at 22:47
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    $\begingroup$ I appreciate that this is a unique, mythical creature. It's a lot more interesting and arguably more on-topic to ask about folklore rather than video game characters when designing a fictional world. That being said, does this question provide new / useful / interesting insights? You've described a multicolor horse with a horn. Plenty of animals on Earth are multicolor, a few have horns, and at least one is even a literal horse. Anatomically Correct questions aren't really helpful imo unless they provide more specific, challenging, and inexplicable attributes. $\endgroup$
    – Zxyrra
    Commented Feb 26, 2020 at 4:45