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“Unicorn” from the Ice Age may have existed while people, shocking discoveries reveal

Elasmotherium dinosaur rhinoceros walking isolated in white background &#821 1; 3D render (iStock) Unicorns can be mythical creatures from ancient…

Unicorns can be mythical creatures from ancient literature, but an old rhino who thought they had died 200,000 years ago has a beautiful resemblance to the legendary creature – and may have actually gone to earth with today’s people. [19659004] Known as Elasmotherium Siberian this giant animal has been extinct about 39,000 years ago, according to a new study published in Nature.

“Stable isotopic data indicate a dry steep pin for E. Siberia and, together with morphology, a highly specialized diet that probably contributed to its extinction,” the researchers wrote in the study. E. Siberian is also known as “Siberian Unicorn”, because of the great horn on its head.


] E. Siberian was huge, about 3.5 tons. In comparison, the white rhino, the largest living rhino, weighs about 2.5 tons.

In addition to its size, its structure and shape were also “remarkable” researchers noted: “relatively slender extremities indicating adaptation for running, despite its mass, the absence of inclines and dogs, and-unique among rhinoceros – continually growing cheek teeth with distinctive, heavily intricate enamel plates. “

Its elongate horns, much larger than other rhinoceros, may be the result of a” lean protruding on the head of the skull, which means a horn base much larger than in any other rhinoceros, alive or extinct, “the researchers explained .

E. Siberian was considered to have been extinct 200,000 years ago, although recent unconfirmed reports suggested it may have remained at the end of Pleistocene, the researchers wrote in the study.” The Ecological niche has been a matter of speculation, from grazing on dry steppe for feed for roots in moist river environments. “

The researchers, led by study author Adrian Lister, looked at 25 bone samples and found that 23 could be analyzed using radioactive carbon because there was enough collagen left in them. Based on the data, Lister and the other researchers decide that the species still lived in Europe and Asia about 39,000 years ago, together with modern people.

The earliest gay sapien fossils outside of Africa have been carbon dioxide dated to about 177,000 years, according to a study from Siberia is considered to have inhabited areas such as Kazakhstan, western and central Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan and some areas of Mongolia and China, although it may be more closely associated with E. caucasicum, Another nose of Rhino .


Talk to LiveScience, Ross MacPhee, a curator with the Department of Pediatrics at the American Museum of Natural History, said it’s possible that these creatures lived beyond belief because of their lack of fossils.

“Rhino fossils are relatively rare – they are not at all like unclean mothers or bison in Siberia – and the fewer copies you’re all the less sure you can be,” MacPhee told the publication. “You do not really know where you are to the life cycle of the species. “

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