‘Siberian unicorn’ skull discovered in Kazakhstan
The extinct species was walking on Earth as recently as 29,000 years ago
Tens of thousands of years ago, a real-life unicorn walked our planet. But these creatures weren’t like the magical glittering equines of children’s books. Instead, they were shaggy-haired giants, each with a long single horn extending from their forehead. The Siberian unicorn (Elasmotherium sibiricum) would have stood at roughly two metres tall, 4.5 metres long and weighed roughly four tons – think mammoth rather than horse. The almost perfectly preserved skull of one of these beasts was discovered in 2016 in the Pavlodar region of Kazakhstan. Researchers expect the animal was a very old male, but they have not established a cause of death. Using radiocarbon dating techniques, they have discovered that it would have walked on Earth about 29,000 years ago. Before the finding of this skull it was thought they went extinct much earlier in history, nearer 350,000 years ago. This means that the Siberian unicorn would have walked on the Earth alongside early humans!
The Elasmotherium is an extinct genus of giant rhinoceros that lived in Eurasia during the Pliocene and Pleistocene eras