Tens of thousands of years ago, unicorns did, in fact, exist. They were just more hideous than you’d ever imagine. In real life, the Siberian unicorn looked more like a giant, hairy rhino than a Lisa Frank horse. It fed its six-and-a-half-foot, four-ton frame by eating lots of grass.
The discovery of real unicorns isn’t new, but according to a new study in the American Journal of Applied Science, they roamed the Earth much more recently than previously thought. Researchers from Russia’s Tomsk State University found a Siberian unicorn skull in Kazakhstan and dated it to around 29,000 years ago, disproving the original theory that the species went extinct 350,000 years ago.
So close, yet so far — and still so ugly.