A point to the uni­corn myth

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DO you be­lieve in uni­corns? Rest as­sured you aren’t so daft af­ter all.

There is a real an­thro­po­log­i­cal rea­son be­hind the whole uni­corn fan­tasy – and it’s all about a rather ugly gi­ant rhino that sur­vived un­til at least 39,000 years ago, much longer than pre­vi­ously thought.

Known as the Siberian uni­corn, the an­i­mal had a long horn and roamed the grass­lands of Eura­sia.

New ev­i­dence shows the hefty beast may have even­tu­ally died out be­cause it was such a picky eater – still a prob­lem for rhi­nos to­day.

Weigh­ing four tons, the Siberian uni­corn, shared the planet with early mod­ern hu­mans for many thou­sands of years. So you see, you’re not a fan­ta­sist. You are sim­ply re­mem­ber­ing an an­cient dream.

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