The giraffes that sailed to medieval China

By Sarah Zielinski, 08:48 AM October 1, 2013

I was recently perusing the gorgeous new tome Giraffe Reflections by Dale Peterson and photographer Karl Ammann and was intrigued by an image of a 13th-century Chinese painting of a zigzag-covered giraffe being led by an attendant. And then I realized that this was a picture of a giraffe that had actually lived in China during that time. How was that possible?

Chinese exploration of the world is often left out of Western textbooks (at least it was left out of mine), but for a brief period, fro...

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