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Such a beautiful creature.
STRANGE BEASTS

Humans once shared the planet with (ugly) unicorns

By Corinne Purtill

The closest living creature to the mythical unicorn was the Elasmotherium sibiricum, a rhinoceros-like horned creature believed to have died out 350,000 years ago. Researchers at Russia’s Tomsk State University have determined that a skull recently found in Kazakhstan is roughly 29,000 years old. Our 100,000-year-old species did, in fact, once share the planet with unicorns.

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Elasmotherium sibiricum

Real unicorns bore little resemblance to the ethereal, graceful creatures that have adorned seals, tapestries, and little girls’ stickers since 2,500 B.C. The Siberian elasmotherium stood about 6 feet, 6 inches high, weighed 8,000 lbs., and was covered in shaggy fur.

Without a few aesthetic liberties, the UK probably would have gone with a different animal on the royal seal.