ancient-siberian-unicorn-fossil-discovered

It’s true – unicorns DO exist, they’re just not quite the elegant, white ponies you imagined…  

A ground-breaking fossil discovery could prove that the extinct ‘Siberian unicorn‘ lived much later than previously thought – walking the Earth with humans.

Scientists had believed the Elasmotherium sibiricum died out 350,000 years ago, until a fossilised skull was found in Kazakhstan.

Clever carbon dating tests (which decide the age of ancient materials), concluded the fossil to be 29,000 years old – meaning the animals roamed the Earth a whopping 321,000 years longer than previously thought!

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The fossil was found in Kazakhstan recently.

Unfortunately, the Siberian unicorn didn’t quite mimic the mythical creatures found in storybooks – and looked more like a modern-day rhino.

It was 1.8 metres tall, over 4 metres long and weighed more than 4 tonnes! It was covered in a shaggy coat and earned its nickname from the huge horn that grew out of its forehead – cool!

Researchers are now trying to discover how the creature was able to survive so much longer than others of its kind.

“Most likely, the south of Western Siberia was a refuge, where this rhino persevered the longest in comparison with the rest of its range,” said Andrey Shpanski, one of the scientists investigating the fossil. “There is another possibility that it could migrate and dwell for a while in the more southern areas.”

Watch this space…

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  • Jessica

    I wish these were still around!

  • George Stingel

    I do not believe this is accurate. Don't you think this could have been a isolated birth defect? Please send me more information as i am in a heated debate with my family.

  • D Agee

    Yes.....the Bible talks about unicorns in the King James Version. The unicorn’s scientific name is Rhinoceros unicornis

  • Roobz

    Wow

  • dolphin magic

    awesome

  • leah

    how do unicorns look like

  • Anna

    Well, i thought unicorns were cuter

  • Emma

    I can’t believe that unicorns existed

  • emma

    yas unicorns are real

  • Unicorn gal

    Wait what

  • Gg

    Pretty cool to see a unicorn but it's kinda ugly and cute at the same time.

  • Jolie

    So it is true... I kept telling my friends that they do exist they didn't believe me but now I've got proof! They are just not quite as elegant as I thought they would be.

  • skylar

    is this true???

  • Ce

    Coolest thing ever to happen to exist and is a unicorn.

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