Yes, unicorns were real, and there are fossils to prove it

Though, they did not look like horses.

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Turns out, unicorns are not mystical fairy tale creatures, and scientists have the fossils to prove it.

We should point out first, however, that real unicorns are not pretty horses with wings and horns.

No, the real unicorn, known as Elasmotherium sibiricum, looked more like a hairy rhinoceros than a beautiful stallion. Unlike modern day rhinos, however, this one had a giant horn.

Reconstruction of the "Giant Unicorn" rhinoceros, Elasmotherium sibiricus (Wikimedia Commons)
Reconstruction of the “Giant Unicorn” rhinoceros, Elasmotherium sibiricus (Wikimedia Commons)

Scientists originally though the ‘Siberian unicorn,” as its known, went extinct 350,000 years ago. But a a well-preserved fossilized skull was recently found in Kazakhstan which proved the creatures were still roaming the Earth some 29,000 years ago.

That means they were alive the same time humans were on Earth, according to a study published this month in the American Journal of Applied Sciences.

The real unicorn stood about 6 feet tall, measured 15 feet long and weighed around 8,000 pounds, the scientists said. They were herbivores.

The team behind the discovery hopes their findings will help them understand what environmental factors played a part in the eventual extinction of the unicorn. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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