Happy Unicorn Day! The Legendary Animals Are Real, but Not as Pretty as You Think
Researchers originally believed the Siberian unicorn died out 350,000 years ago, but now think the formerly mythical creature is much closer to us on the timeline of existence
Calling all wannabe princesses, believers of dreams, horse fanatics and fairy tale connoisseurs … April 9 is Unicorn Day, and prepare to freak out!
Unicorns are real. Yes, that is a factual sentence. According to U.S. News & World Report, a fossilized skull recently discovered in the Pavlodar region of Kazakhstan puts Siberian unicorns, or Elasmotherium sibiricum, galloping around the Earth only 29,000 years ago.
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A 2016 study published in the American Journal of Applied Sciences about the find says researchers originally believed the Siberian unicorn died out 350,000 years ago, but the newly discovered skull puts the formerly mythical creature much closer to us on the timeline of existence.
There is one down side to this exciting development: These unicorns aren’t the all-white, flowing mane beauties of legend – instead scientists believe the animals looked more like rhinos, or pint-sized, one-horned woolly mammoths.
After examining the fossilized skull, researchers think the Siberian unicorn stood about 6 feet 6 inches tall, was 15 feet tall and weighed around 8,000 pounds. Next up for scientists is figuring out how these creatures survived for so long.