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29,000-year-old unicorn scull discovered

March 31, 2016

The skull of the now-extinct unicorn has been discovered in the Pavlodar region of Kazakhstan.

Unicorns are real! Or, more accurately, they were real...29,000 years ago. No, this isn't an April Fools' Day prank. The skull of the now-extinct wonder has been discovered in the Pavlodar region of Kazakhstan.

According to Science Alert: "The real unicorn, Elasmotherium sibiricum, was shaggy and huge and looked just like a modern rhino, only it carried the most almighty horn on its forehead.

According to early descriptions, the Siberian unicorn stood at roughly 2 metres tall, was 4.5 metres long, and weighed about 4 tonnes. That’s closer to woolly mammoth-sized than horse-sized. Despite its very impressive stature, the unicorn probably was a grazer that ate mostly grass. So, if you want a correct image in your head, think of a fuzzy rhinoceros with one long, slender horn protruding from its face instead of a short, stubby one like today’s rhinos." 

Painting of the Elasmotherium sibiricum or ‘Siberian unicorn’ by Heinrich Harder

To learn more, read "A fossilised skull has revealed when the last 'Siberian unicorn' lived on Earth" from Science Alert.

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Alexis Gajewski | Senior Content Strategist

Alexis Gajewski has over 15 years of experience in the maintenance, reliability, operations, and manufacturing space. She joined Plant Services in 2008 and works to bring readers the news, insight, and information they need to make the right decisions for their plants. Alexis also authors “The Lighter Side of Manufacturing,” a blog that highlights the fun and innovative advances in the industrial sector. 

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