Unicorns were indeed found on Earth - but they looked different than we used to think

Legends about powerful unseen animals with one horn on their foreheads exist among the most diverse peoples of the world. Modern scientists believe that these legends are based on the memories of the meetings of ancient people with Elasmotherium - a giant extinct rhinoceros.

Previous studies of the remains of Elasmotherium determined the epoch of life of these creatures as 100-200 thousand years ago, and the modern Volga region and Western Siberia were considered the area of ​​their distribution. New data preserved these lands for the ancient rhinoceroses, but they were significantly "rejuvenated" - the time of extinction of Elasmotherium fell on the period of 30-35 thousand years ago. This means that they coexisted with mammoths, saber-toothed tigers and people of the Stone Age.

Modern methods of analysis make it possible to determine by particles of isotopes what the animal ate before death, what it was sick with, who parasitized it, etc. The overall picture looks intriguing - huge, weighing more than 3 tons, Elasmotherium peacefully wandered across the steppe and ate dry grass, like modern rhinos. Their colossal, more than 1.5 m in length, horn served as a demonstration of strength to others and looked like a miracle weapon in the eyes of ancient people.

Look at this miracle of nature, is there a chance to resist it, survive after its blow? This is the basis for legends about the power hidden in the horn of the mysterious beast. And since our ancestors literally saw the last days of the Elasmotherium on the planet, they saw them extremely rarely. Somewhere out there, at the end of the earth, where only the most desperate hunters dare to enter. An unknown beast of great power with one horn in its forehead lives there.