For too long, naysayers have tried to dismiss the majestic unicorn as simply a myth, but all of us pragmatists knew the truth. The world is simply too magical not to have had unicorns at some point.
Now we have solid evidence unicorns did exist, and you can thank one well-preserved fossil for making your dreams come true.
According to a new study published last month in the American Journal of Applied Sciences, Siberian unicorns used to roam the earth nearly 30,000 years ago.
Before discovering a fossilized skull from the species, scientists previously assumed these creatures died out more than 350,000 years ago. The skull, found near the Pavlodar region of Kazakhstan, will hopefully help scientists figure out how the species was able to avoid extinction for as long as it did. (Magic, duh.)
So far, what they do know is that these unicorns were way bigger than your average horse with a prosthetic horn. Siberian unicorns stood at six and a half feet tall and measured about fifteen feet long, weighing in at around 8,000 pounds.
As Science Alert puts it,
That's closer to woolly mammoth-sized than horse-sized.
Whether you like your unicorns on steroids or small and cartoonish, at least we've got science on our side saying they most definitely did exist.
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