Scientists Have Found Fossils That Prove Unicorns Existed – But They Were Actually Pretty Terrifying

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Image: Charles Hamilton Smith

Other real animals that may have inspired the unicorn myth are the oryx, eland and auroch; and two-horned animals that lost one horn through mutation or fighting perhaps did the same. Another possibility is the Indian rhinoceros – and as we shall see, something like a rhinoceros might actually be the origin of the unicorn myth.

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In 1808 a newly discovered genus called the Elasmotherium was named by Gotthelf Fischer von Waldheim, director of the Natural History Museum at Moscow State University. Previously, the Elasmotherium had only been identified by fossils and was believed to have been extinct for 350,000 years.

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