An important update on unicorn science; and no, we’re not making this up!
Stop everything you’re doing, we have unicorn news! Yes, you read that correctly, we have some brand new information regarding the magical creatures and their existence — and we’re not making it up.
First of all, unicorns exist. Second of all, does anything else matter? Okay, we know what you’re thinking, unicorns are magical creatures we all *wish* existed, but they actually don’t.
But according to science, unicorns are real!
Scientists have just found unicorn fossils which proves their existence and we are freaking out. They are a breed of animal that has long been extinct and, based on these new fossils, are definitely not fake. Sadly, the majestic creatures don’t look exactly like you’ve always imagined.
According to Fox News, there was a skull fossil discovered in the Pavlodar region of Kazakhstan, which has been identified as a unicorn — or “Elasmotherium sibiricum.” The study was published in the American Journal of Applied Sciences, and it tells us all about what real unicorns would’ve looked like.
Prepare yourself for a little disappointment, because unicorns aren't the colors of the rainbow, even though we'd like to dream that they are. Instead we learned that they were about 6 feet tall, weighed 8,000 pounds, and were approximately 15 feet long.
These new fossils reveal that the rhino-esque creatures — sadly they resembled rhinos and not horses — aren’t as old as scientists previously thought. In fact the new skeletal remains date back to 29,000 years, which seems like a lot, but is actually fairly young in comparison to the 350,000 years old that scientists previously reported as the age of extinction.
"Most likely, the south of Western Siberia was a [refuge], where this rhino had preserved the longest in comparison with the rest of the range," Tomsk State University scientist Andrei Shpanksy noted in the research.
At least we know for sure that unicorns were real even if they looked more liked the rhino — the horns do add up — and less like a regal horse. No word on whether or not these creatures could fly, but we’re still holding out hope for wings and shell-like horns.