DINOSAUR UNICORN : ALL ABOUT THE SIBERIAN UNICORN
“The genus Elasmotherium, also known as “Unicorn Dinosaur” or “Giant Siberian Unicorn”, is a species of extinct rhinoceros that lived in Eurasia during the Upper Pliocene and Pleistocene”
After writing an article on Pegasus and mythical animals we will study the unicorn dinosaur. Their existence dates back 2.6 million years, although their most recent fossils are about 29,000 years old. The best known species of this genus, Elasmotherium sibiricum, was the size of a mammoth, was covered with hair and had a large horn on its forehead, hence its nickname “Siberian Unicorn“.
According to the first estimated descriptions, the beast was about 2 meters high, 4.5 meters long and weighed an impressive 4 tons. Some specialists claim that it could be the origin of the legend of the mythical unicorn, as it had a single horn two metres long, pointed and thick. This is why it is also often called a giant unicorn.
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Elasmotherium”, an illustration by Heinrich Harder made around 1920. (Public domain)
The origins of the alleged Unicorn Dinosaur
It is an animal that inhabited the steppes of Russia and Central Asia and whose appearance was actually more like that of a rhinoceros than a horse. Until now, scientists thought the animal had died out 350,000 years ago. However, analysis of a new fossilized skull found in the Pavlodar region of Kazakhstan indicates that the Unicorn Dinosaur became extinct 29,000 years ago.
This 300,000 year time lag, which is already significant, also contains something vital, namely that the Siberian Unicorn would have coincided in time with human beings. We are therefore a long way from the Jurassic period when the famous dinosaur Tyrannosaurus lived… His nickname of Dinosaur Unicorn is therefore not entirely accurate.
The horn of this animal, scientifically known as Elasmotherium sibiricum, could be up to two metres long. In addition to its length, the horn is distinguished by its exceptional thickness and pointed appearance.
Discovery of the Unicorn Dinosaur
“Artistic interpretation of the ancient rhinoceros nicknamed “Giant Unicorn”, the Elasmotherium sibiricus of Pleistocene Siberia. (Apokryltaros/CC BY SA 3.0)”
The remains of this animal have just been found in Kazakhstan and have caused a revolution because of their dating. However, it had a horn on its head that was about two metres long, thick and greyish. It was Sibiricu elasmotherium, an animal of the rhino family that was thought to be extinct 350,000 years ago and which, in light of the discovery of a well-preserved fossilized skull in Kazakhstan, actually lived until only 29,000 years ago.
According to a study published this month in the American Journal of Applied Sciences, the most surprising thing is that such an animal managed to survive until such a late period. The explanation can be found in the region that gives it its name, Siberia, where the Unicorn Dinosaur could have taken refuge, in a suitable habitat for longer than in the rest of the planet. Researchers are now trying to link environmental factors and the extinction of non-adapted species, which could help projections into the future.
This animal differed from the current rhinoceros because it had only one horn, much longer and sharper, thicker at the base, probably the result of the fusion of the two horns of the species that has survived to this day.
Dinosaur Unicorn : All about its extinction
Elasmotherapists disappeared from fossils at the end of the Pleistocene, about 10,000 years ago, along with much of the northern hemisphere’s megafauna, which is considered the most likely extinction date for this presumed Dinosaur (which is not, of course, a dinosaur).
However, some claim that populations of this species may have survived for a few millennia longer, giving rise to some of the beasts of the folklore of the Eurasian steppes.
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