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

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Nineteenth-century scientists speculated that the Elasmotherium must have had a single horn. “The whole analogy with the rhinoceros points with the greatest certainty to the previous existence of a horn,” wrote Russian zoologist Alexander Brandt. “Which, to judge from the size of the blood vessels once encircling the base, must have possessed enormous dimensions.”

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Brandt suspected the Siberian Elasmotherium (Elasmotherium sibiricum) of being the basis of a Tatar myth about a unicorn with a gigantic horn. However, since the Elasmotherium was thought to have disappeared about 350,000 years ago, no humans would have been around to see them back then.

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