Skeleton of Actual Unicorn Discovered in Siberia

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This is real, the tales of the mythical creature are apparently anchored in reality, and no we are not talking about David here:


According to a study published in the American Journal of Applied Sciences, the Siberian unicorn – Elasmotherium sibiricum – last walked the Earth about 29,000 years ago.   And it may have looked more a little more like a rhino than a white stallion.


A painting from the 1920s by Heinrich Harder showing what the Siberian unicorn might have looked like. (Photo: /Wikimedia Commons)

According to they found they uncovered the unicorn remains in the Pavlodar region of Kazakhstan.  Based on the skeleton it stood about 6 feet 6 inches tall, measured around 15 feet long, and weighed about 8,000 pounds.  That is 3-4 times heavier than your average modern day horse.

This discovery could lead to more uncoverings of the unicorn’s ancestors, and who knows, maybe one day we will unearth our favorite version:



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1 Comment

  1. cyentz
    April 2, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Looks to me like a precursor of the rhinoceros. We’ve had reports published of fossilized monoceros bones up to three feet in length, though none have ever been verified, so far as I can recall. But it’s long been a belief that our myths and faerie tails have some basis in reality. If critters like that existed as recently as 40 million years ago, some primitive men painted them on walls, and our ancestors may have seen them before the entrance was blocked by nature. But it ain’t gonna change the world, so halley youlia.