‘Siberian uni­corn’ skull dis­cov­ered in Kaza­khstan

The ex­tinct species was walk­ing on Earth as re­cently as 29,000 years ago

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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

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