|For decades, scientists have estimated that the Siberian unicorn - a long-extinct species of mammal that looked more like a rhino than a horse - died out some 350,000 years ago, but a beautifully preserved skull found in Kazakhstan has completely overturned that assumption. Turns out, they were still around as recently as 29,000 years ago.|
The real unicorn, Elasmotherium sibiricum, was shaggy and huge and looked just like a modern rhino, only it carried a mighty horn on its forehead. The Siberian unicorn stood roughly 2 metres tall, was 4.5 metres long, and weighed about 4 tonnes.
That’s closer to woolly mammoth-sized than horse-sized.
| The newly found skull was found in the Pavlodar region of Kazakhstan.|