Everyone knows about the myth of unicorns, magical creatures that looked like horses with a singular horn coming out of their heads but it is just a creation of fairy tales like vampires and werewolves...isn't it? Well apparently not.,
In a move bound to delight young children everywhere, a fossil found in Kazahkstan appears to confirm that a one horned creature used to roam the Earth and studies suggest that it may have been around at the same time as humans as well which could have given rise to the myth of the unicorn. A study published in American Journal of Applied Sciences has found that the creature would be more closely related to rhinocerous rather than horses but this latest fossil is dated at around 29,000 years old meaning that it would have been around at the same time as humans. A skull with a reconstructed horn current exists at the Natural History Museum in London, England.
Referred to as the Siberian Unicorn, its scientific name is Elasmotherium sibiricum and has a horn significantly longer than a rhino with it being several feet in length. 6½ feet tall, 15 feet long, and around 4 tons in weight this was certainly one powerful beast and not the elegant creature depicted in popular fiction. Those figures actually put it at a similar stature to mammoths and there is still speculation as to whether it was a furry like wooly mammoths or more like present day rhinos with their thick hides. Fossils have been found before but this is the first that puts the unicorn within the same timeframe as humanity. Initially thought to have disappeared around 35,000 years ago there was confusion as to how the stories of unicorns may have come about but this latest development akes things a little clearer. This means that your ancestors may well have come in contact with a real life unicorn. Magic is real!*
Discovered by researchers at Tomsk State University in Siberia, Russia, Pavlodar Priirtysh region of northeast Kazakhstan was dated using the radiocarbon Accelerator Mass Spectrometry method and since outr ancestors started spreading across the Asian region around 50,000 years ago it is a reasonable assumption to suggest the two may have come across eachother. Andrey Shpanski, a paleontologist from Tomsk State University said of the discovery:
"Most likely, it was a very large male of very large individual age. The dimensions of this rhino are the biggest of those described in the literature, and the proportions are typical. Most likely, the south of Western Siberia was a refúgium, where this rhino persevered the longest in comparison with the rest of its range. There is another possibility that it could migrate and dwell for a while in the more southern areas,"
*Having said that, there is no confirmation that this animal had any magical powers as of yet.