Capricorn the Sea-Goat, did sea-goats really exist?


Capricorn is commonly represented as a mythical sea-goat, but is it possible that at one time such a creature actually existed and, if so, what became of them?

Not long ago I stumbled upon a site which peaked my interest in this topic. There was an article at phys.org entitled “Extinct Goat was Cold-Blooded.” Since reptiles are cold-blooded, was it possible that a goat existed which was also part reptile? Let me quote verbatim from the article:

“An extinct goat that lived on a barren Mediterranean island survived for millions of years by reducing in size and by becoming cold-blooded, which has never before been discovered in mammals. The goat, Myotragus balearicus, lived on what is now Majorca, a Spanish island. The island had scarce resources, and there was no way for the goats to leave, and so scientists wondered how they had thrived for so long. A recently published research paper reveals the extinct goat survived by adjusting its growth rate and metabolism to suit the available food, becoming cold-blooded like reptiles. Paleontologists studying fossilized Myotragus bones compared them to bones of reptiles living in the same region at the same time, and found surprising similarities.” 

Extinct goat Myotragus balearicus. Image: Xavier Vázquez, via Wikipedia

Unfortunately, after 5 million years of existence these sea-goats became extinct after humans moved to the island about 3000 years ago. To quote again from the article: “Myotragus survived on the island as dwarf cold-blooded animals for millenia because they had no natural enemies, but they could not survive the predation of humans when they arrived on the island about 3,000 years ago. In total, the species inhabited the island for over five million years.”

Interestingly, in Hindu astrology, the equivalent of Capricorn is Makara, the Crocodile and it turns out that crocodiles have not always been cold-blooded. An article is phys.org explains that a certain group of warm-blooded crocodiles thrived in the Jurassic cold snap. To quote verbatim: “at least one type of prehistoric crocodile was warm-blooded. … his likely enabled the animals, which lived during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, to thrive during a spell of global cooling around 150 million years ago. … “This discovery helps us better understand these bizarre crocs. They rapidly changed from animals looking similar to modern long-snouted crocodiles, to ones with flippers, a tail fin and massive, forward-facing eyes.” (bold and italics mine)

Varuna riding on a makara

About Anthony Louis

Author of books about astrology and tarot, including TAROT PLAIN AND SIMPLE, HORARY ASTROLOGY, and THE ART OF FORECASTING WITH SOLAR RETURNS.
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4 Responses to Capricorn the Sea-Goat, did sea-goats really exist?

  1. Janet Berres says:

    WOW! That was sooo interesting! Thanks for that.

  2. Anna Romm says:

    Dear Anthony Sir,

    When I read your article on the political assassination, the guidelines you gave to how to read, I was surprised to find that my eighth lord cancer is the ascendent for me in the Navamsa & my D1 ascendant Sagittarius, means Jupiter is sitting with Rahu in the first house. Sir even more interesting point about my chart is that, all my life it’s my 8th house that has ruled my life.

    Anthony Sir, I come across a few doubts while going through charts & I do need some guidance. Anthony Sir, I am a very intelligent woman and excel in talking but due to my ascendant sitting in the 12th house I never make friends easily or find a teacher. If you reply to me I would consider myself very fortunate. You would be surprised to see how my life has been dictated by the planetary arrangements. With Regards Anju.

    On Mon, 15 Jun 2020, 22:38 Anthony Louis – Astrology & Tarot Blog, wrote:

    > Anthony Louis posted: ” Capricorn is commonly represented as a mythical > sea-goat, but is it possible that at one time such a creature actually > existed? Not long ago I stumbled upon a site which peaked my interest in > this topic. There was an article at phys.org entitled “” >

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  4. mairemasco says:

    I had the great opportunity and gift to study with William Waldren on Mallorca for an Earthwatch Expedition. We excavated a neolithic settlement there. Bill told us the story how Myotragus balearicus was discovered by Dorothea Bate in 1909. That was not a great time to be a female archeozoologist. She’d found this weird goat bone and thought it was a new species. She wandered around the halls of Oxford (?) politely asking, “Do you recognize this bone?” She was scorned, but later it was proven to be a unique species to the Baeleric Islands. The significance of the discovery was the dwarfism found in the bone which became the basis of ‘island dwarfism’ theory. Anyway, he was so taken by Dorothea’s story that he named his first daughter Myotragus, or Myo for short. How on earth/heaven did you come up with connecting Myotragus and Makara/Capricorn? Feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss this further. Best regards. -Maire in Tacoma, WA

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