If you think unicorns are just mythical beasts who never really existed, get ready for a shock.
Archeologists in Siberia have unearthed remains of a beast that was strikingly similar to a unicorn, large tusk at the prow and all. However, these beasts weren’t exactly slender and horse-like. They were a bit more like rhinoceroses with much bigger horns.
The Siberian unicorn – Elasmotherium sibiricum – last walked the Earth about 29,000 years ago, according to a report by the American Journal of Applied Sciences.
The unicorn skull was found in the Pavlodar region of Kazakhstan.
It reportedly stood about 6 feet 6 inches tall, measured around 15 feet long, and weighed about 8,000 pounds.
As Science Alert explains, “That’s closer to woolly mammoth-sized than horse-sized.”
Still, it was a unicorn and is being classified as such.
So go on unicorn lovers, you can still believe. The animal discover may be a bit larger and uglier, but it just may have an still-unfound related species that figures so highly in fantasy fiction.
Here’s a video that shows an artists rendering of the beast: