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Unicorns were real, last walked the Earth 29,000 years ago

by Todd Haselton | March 28, 2016March 28, 2016 11:44 am PST

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Unicorns are real, and I don’t just mean $1 billion startups in Silicon Valley. I mean the actual animals that have primarily graced the pages of fantasy novels, movies and video games.

The real animal, known as the “Siberian unicorn,” or “Elasmotherium Sibiricum” to scientists who can understand such big words. It didn’t look like the stereotypical horse depicted in fiction (below). Instead, they might have looked like what you see above.

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The Siberian unicorn has been well known in science circles but, until recently, it wasn’t clear when they lived. New data in the American Journal of Applied Sciences answers that question, suggesting that the animal roamed around Kazakhstan – that’s where a Siberian unicorn skull was recently found – as early as 29,000 years ago. It’s not as long ago as previously thought, according to USA Today, which said researchers originally thought Siberian unicorns croaked 350,000 years ago.

The discovery was made using radiocarbon bone dating methods that ultimately concluded that the Elasmotherium sibiricum lived for a much longer period of time “within the territory of the West Siberian Plain” than previously thought.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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