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

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Then, in March 2016, the skull of an Elasmotherium was unearthed in Kazakhstan. Moreover, this put the date of extinction much later – at only 29,000 years ago – and that changed things. Now there was at least a chance that the Elasmotherium would have been around long enough to be seen by humans – and inspire the unicorn legend.

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Image: Owen William Weber

Unfortunately for those who like to think of unicorns as the graceful white-haired horses that feature on posters – often with a rainbow in the background – the Elasmotherium was not quite so dainty. Rather than being an ethereal pony, it was closer in form to a terrifying monster rhinoceros.

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