Scientists believe climate change was the reason the Siberian Unicorn died out, but while they were here they lived at the same time as humans.
While technically a rhinoceros, the Siberian Unicorn was thought to have gone extinct over 200,000 years ago but new research published in Nature Ecology and Evolution shows they were alive and well just under 40,000 years ago.
So what that tells us is a human being really could have seen a unicorn.
Not that these unicorns look all glittery and sparkly.
#aDNA, AMS C14 dates & stable isotopes put the extinction of the giant rhino Elasmotherium sibiricum no earlier tha… https://t.co/svRGRmaqGs— NatureEcoEvo (@NatureEcoEvo) 1543248539.0
People are still pretty impressed and kind of confused.
@NatureEcoEvo The unicorns in the Bible.— Deji Olokesusi (@Deji Olokesusi) 1543293864.0
@NatureEcoEvo I don’t even know how to feel about this 🤯— Don Salami (@Don Salami) 1543289783.0
@NatureEcoEvo https://t.co/ITuaKempV6— smudge 70 (@smudge 70) 1543285856.0
@NatureEcoEvo Wow Amazing.— Hajji A. Davis (Anti Racism 247365 PPF) (@Hajji A. Davis (Anti Racism 247365 PPF)) 1543282785.0
People really need more unicorns in their life.
Unicorns did exist afterall! 🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄💜🦄🦄🦄 “A mysterious shaggy giant species of rhinoceros — named the Siberian… https://t.co/40cC7ZiOkj— 𝓜𝔂𝓯𝓪𝓷𝔀𝔂🌱 (@𝓜𝔂𝓯𝓪𝓷𝔀𝔂🌱) 1543265425.0
@JMyfanwy1 🙄 its an Erumpent https://t.co/INRasFf5pf— Jackx (@Jackx) 1543286519.0
@JMyfanwy1 https://t.co/zQo1ApgUYT— Jackx (@Jackx) 1543286597.0
@JMyfanwy1 They still do: (Indian Rhinoceros & Narwhal) https://t.co/BU0lVTrV1N— Christine McNichol (@Christine McNichol) 1543280230.0
@JMyfanwy1 They certainly have had a few face lifts over the ceunturies. #unicorns #prehistoric #notsoprehistoric https://t.co/RZygdoUW0v— Elaine Weeks (@Elaine Weeks) 1543328115.0
Not everyone was buying it.
@JMyfanwy1 Right! They don't seem so far-fetched given that narwhals exist.— Poppy Lane Prints (@Poppy Lane Prints) 1543308876.0
@JMyfanwy1 Wow these aren't cute at all.— AndoSuperPantalones 🙇🏾♂️🪐 (@AndoSuperPantalones 🙇🏾♂️🪐) 1543285565.0
@JMyfanwy1 Thats not a unicorn, thats a Manly Rhinoceros Unicorn 😂😂😂— Andy Acevedo (@Andy Acevedo) 1543299431.0
@PeachyTheFiend @JMyfanwy1 Yep. Definitely goal post moving to call it such. Ancient primitives were dumb af and di… https://t.co/H0jB9xLLyY— Michael Eleczko (@Michael Eleczko) 1543282284.0
One person's unicorn in another person's rhino.