Siberian unicorn survived far longer than previously believed

Unicorns used to roam on our planet in the ancient past, but they looked more like a rhinoceros than a horse. For over two centuries, scientists are aware about the so-called Siberian unicorn, Elasmotherium sibiricum, through fossil remnants, but researchers have recently discovered that the species lived far longer than believed earlier.

Originally, it was thought that the species disappeared 350,000 years back, but now, Tomsk State University researchers have found evidence that the ‘unicorn’ had its last refuge in Kazakhstan just 29,000 years back.

The American Journal of Applied Science recently carried an article explaining the new site of the fossil mammals in the Pavlodar area of Kazakhstan.

Andrey Shpanski, a paleontologist at the University, said, “Most likely, in south of Western Siberia, it was a refúgium, where this rhino had preserved the longest in comparison with the rest of its range. There is another option that it could migrate and dwell for a while on the more southern areas”.

The researchers reached on a conclusion after in-depth study of a skull that belonged to one of the creatures discovered near Kozhamzhar village, in the Pavlodar area.

It turned out that the well-preserved skull belonged to an animal that died just 29,000 years back. Most probably it was a quite huge male of considerable age.

There was a time when Elasmotherium sibiricum occupied a huge territory. The new discovery has shown that they continued to stay alive in the southeast of the West Siberian Plain.

The findings have raised a question over the mass radiocarbon dating of other mammalian leftovers of species earlier called ancient and known to be extinct over 50,000 to 100,000 years ago.

In a report published by the Apex Tribune, “According to the “Astrophysical Letters Journal”, 175 light-years away a new baby planet is being born. The solar system situated in the Hydrae constellation appears to be almost identical to our one when it was only 10 million years old.”

While studying the cluster, the astronomers realized that the high concentration of stellar dust and debris has some gaps in it. One of them is situated at a distance approximately equal from the TW Hydrae star as Earth is from the Sun. The Atacama Array showed that the gap is actually a protoplanet that is still in the process of formation.

According to a report in Unicorn Booty by Matt Keeley, “Think back to your childhood — you were drawing a unicorn, maybe watching The Last Unicorn or My Little Pony, and you asked your mom, your dad or teacher if you could see a real unicorn… but they said they didn’t exist. Dreams shattered! Well, get your I-Told-You-So pants on, because unicorns are real, mothafucka. And we’re not even talking about the ones from circus and freak shows that are just goats with their horns fused into their skulls.”

Researchers in Siberia have discovered a new skull from Elasmotherium sibiricum, better known as the Siberian unicorn. The animal was previously thought to have gone extinct 350,000 years ago (roughly 150,000 years before humans ever showed up) — but this skull is from a mere 29,000 years ago. That’s still before humans formed civilizations as we know them, but humans and Siberian unicorns existed together for quite some time. Now, unfortunately, the Siberian unicorn won’t be confused for our modern conception of unicorns. They looked more like furry rhinos than modern horses — but they make up for that with a truly massive horn. Wishes aplenty!

“Unicorns did indeed walk the Earth in the ancient past, but they were more akin to a rhinoceros than a horse. Scientists have known about the so-called Siberian unicorn, Elasmotherium sibiricum, for more than 200 years through fossil remains, but researchers have just made the startling discovery that the species survived far longer than previously believed,” according to a news report published by Horsetalk.

It was originally thought the species became extinct 350,000 years ago. Now, researchers at Tomsk State University have unearthed evidence that the “unicorn” found its last refuge in Kazakhstan only 29,000 years ago. An article describing the new location of the fossil mammals in the Pavlodar region of Kazakhstan was published recently in the American Journal of Applied Science.

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