The nawarupa is a hybrid animal with a chimeric head; It has the eyes of a deer, the horns of a rhino, and the trunk of an elephant. Needless to say, these three animals are quite different: deer have slender heads, with the only ornaments on the forehead; rhino heads are horse-like, with big, strong noses to hold their horns; and the head of an elephant is best described as humanoid but not simian. Furthermore, the attachment of elephant trunks span from the mouth to the forehead, which is also right where a rhino's horns grow

How could these different heads be combined into a plausible creature?

  • $\begingroup$ "Rhinos are horse-like" and "Elephants are best described as humanoid but not simian"? Are you sure? $\endgroup$
    – L.Dutch
    Commented Aug 18, 2021 at 19:05
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    $\begingroup$ @L.Dutch What's wrong with those descriptions? $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 18, 2021 at 19:09
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    $\begingroup$ The stockier horse I have ever seen is still way more slender than a rhino, and the only humanoid elephant I have seen was when Dumbo was tripping. $\endgroup$
    – L.Dutch
    Commented Aug 18, 2021 at 19:11
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    $\begingroup$ @L.Dutch The descriptions were referencing the heads, which is what the question is about $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 18, 2021 at 19:16
  • $\begingroup$ hey, Do you know that the word "nawarupa" in Hindi literally means "New - form". not sure if the name is intentional or just a coincidence. $\endgroup$
    – V.Aggarwal
    Commented Aug 19, 2021 at 7:20

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It all depends on how similar to the animals you describe you want this creature to be.

First go the easier part, the eyes of a deer, practically no problem here, is the most probable case that an herbviore animal have the same kind of eyes. With horizontal pupil to increase the lateral vision range. But I understand how the deers having thin and little heads is related with the kind of eyes.

Next, the comparission between rhino and horse is pretty correct, both are part of the same mammals order, Perissodactyla.

Nevertheless a better comparison for the rhino is the tapir, much more related with the rhino than the horse.

And the plus for this strecth phylogenetic relation, tapirs have trunks.

So the next is easy, a tapir or other creature with a body plan similar to the tapir's body evolves in the same way as proboscideans did. The elephants ancestors were very similar in the external appearence to tapirs, like Moeritherium, as they evolved fangs and trunks these creatures evolved better trunks and horns, the horns can be justified as defense or intraspecific combat.

I think the idea about add the elephant skull shape with the humanoid shape is hardly useful for this creature model an harmful for all the other features.


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