Hi Phil You asked about a medieval elephant, well I didn't find him but a mate of mine did of a site in Chetser in northern England. Turns out from radio-carbon date done that the elephant was alive in the 13th century, but the bone he found was not discarded until Elizabethan times, about 250 years later... It was probably brought to Britain as a bone curio travelling along a trade route or brough to England by a trader sometime in the centuries between the death of the animal and the late 1500's. Way cool I think. There is I know a manuscript with a portrait of an elephant that was kept at the Tower of London in the reign of King John (1199-1216). Unlike the flights of fancy with which medieval artists sometimes embelished animals this painting was very lifelike and must have been done from life. Makes you wonder what other curiosities were/are hanging around out there. If someone found a squid or octo beak what would they think? After all the horn of the narwhal was probably the source for the unicorn myth. Could a large beak have been passed off as the beak of the giant 'roc' bird??