Siberian Unicorn May Have Walked The Earth Alongside Humans: Study



New research just published suggests that the "Siberian Unicorn," an ancient species of rhino, existed much longer than previously believed and walked the earth at the same time as modern humans.


Scientists originally thought that Elasmotherium sibiricum, commonly referred to as “Siberian Unicorn,” died out around 100,000 to 200,000 years ago. But a recent study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, a peer-reviewed journal, reveals the species was alive until at least 39,000 years ago, a contemporary of both humans and Neanderthals.

Researchers from the UK, Russia, and the Netherlands used radiocarbon dating on 23 bone samples of the animal to determine how old they were.


“They very strongly all confirmed that this species survived until at least 39,000 years ago, and maybe as late as 35,000 years ago,” Adrian Lister, a researcher at the Natural History Museum in London who was part of the study, said in an article published by the museum.

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