Yes, Unicorns Were Real, They Just Didn't Look Like Horses

The 'Siberian Unicorn' was alive and well a mere 29,000 years ago.

Yes, Unicorns Were Real, But They Didn't Look Like Horses
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Yes, unicorns were once real, but (sad day) they bore no resemblance to My Little Pony.

While scientists knew the so-called "Siberian Unicorn" existed in the past, they had no idea they were around so recently. Now, thanks to new radiocarbon dating (a method for determining the age of an organic object) on fossils found in Kazakhstan, we know the "Elasmotherium sibiricum" was alive as recently as 29,000 years ago. This is especially exciting given that prior to this research, everyone thought they were gone at least 350,000 years ago.

Yes, Unicorns Were Real, They Just Didn't Look Like Horses
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The findings were published in the American Journal of Applied Sciences, reminding society of the (approximate) truth that these magical creatures were, at one time, a legitimate thing.

Due in large part to folklore and the human race's appreciation for beauty, we've skewed what exactly the "unicorn" looked like: it was much more like a huge (6 ft. tall, 15 ft. long, 8,000 lb.), furry rhinoceros than a horse, definitely couldn't fly, and (from the looks of it) probably wanted nothing to do with rainbows.

Yes, Unicorns Were Real, But They Didn't Look Like Horses
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Still, though, this is pretty exciting news — not just because UNICORNS ARE REAL, GUYS, but because researchers can use this new info to figure out how and why these particular rhinos survived so long. This important study could lead to a better grasp of climate change, which we're confident any self-respecting unicorn would support.

Yes, Unicorns Were Real, They Just Didn't Look Like Horses
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