Humans have seen real life unicorns. That is the conclusion of the British National History Museum in London, which stipulates that Elasmotherium sibiricum, a species known as the "Siberian Unicorn," living side by side with humans. Catch? Forget all unicorn prejudices. Instead of an elegant horse, think of feathered rhinos with extraordinary horns.
NHM studies show that Elasmotherium last longer than previously believed. It was a general consensus that extraordinary animals, which weighed 3.5 tons (7.716 pounds), were extinct 200,000 to 100,000 years ago.. However, new radiocarbon dating shows that Elasmotherium consists of many things that are warmer, allowing for survival. Scientists now believe that this species lasted until at least 39,000 years ago, perhaps up to 35,000 years ago.
In a certain way, this place Elasmotherium comfortable in history. The new lifespan shows that it is next to what is known as the Pleistocene megafauna, a giant animal that emerged after dinosaurs. These include hairy mammoths, sharp-toothed tigers, and a variety of extraordinary creatures that roam the planet with humans until large extinction events that may be related to natural climate change occur.
"This megafaunal extinction event did not really last until around 40,000 years ago," Adrian Lister, Merit Researcher at NHM, said in a press statement. "So Elasmotherium with the date of a clear extinction from 100,000 years ago or more has not been considered part of the same event. "
"We date a number of specimens – like the beautiful complete skulls we have in the Museum – and to our surprise they come in less than 40,000 years," which means species share their last days with early human hunter-gatherers.
Further studies show that Unicorn rhinos share some similarities with their modern relatives. Researching Elasmotherium teeth, scientists were able to compare the carbon and nitrogen isotopes found there with various types of plants. Finding matches, they can ensure that the Siberian animals graze on hard and dry grass–like rhinos.
In an oddity, the researchers say that the emergence of humans does not seem to lead to the extinction of rhinos. Conversely, a diet grazing specifically rhinos mixed with climate change is a more likely source.
While rhinos are rare creatures today, that doesn't always happen. Throughout natural history there are 250 species of rhinos. These days, animal extinction occurs at such a level that nature cannot keep up, which causes a crisis in biodiversity.