Heinrich Harder's painting of the so-called Siberian Unicorn.

Researchers Find Siberian ‘Unicorn’ Fossil Fragments in Kazakhstan, Say Creature Lived Much Longer Than Thought

(Read the article on one page)

By Epoch Newsroom / The Epoch Times

Researchers have found fossil fragments that indicate the so-called Siberian Unicorn last walked the Earth a mere 29,000 years ago.

The updated timeline is a huge jump since scientists thought the creature died out around 350,000 years ago.

About 20 fossilized mammal teeth and bones were found in Kazakhstan.

Side view of skull and reconstructed horn of a Siberian ‘Unicorn’

Side view of skull and reconstructed horn of a Siberian ‘Unicorn’ ( public domain )

Siberian Unicorns did have a horn on their heads. The actual creature’s head, though, stood between the horse and rhinoceros families, according to early descriptions of the animal published in the journal Nature in 1878.

First published restoration of Elasmotherium sibiricum, by Rashevsky under supervision of A.F. Brant.

First published restoration of Elasmotherium sibiricum, by Rashevsky under supervision of A.F. Brant. ( Public Domain )

The noses of the creatures were much narrower than that of the rhinoceros, though, while the eyes were larger. The creatures likely had a shaggy coat of hair.

Artist’s impression of an Elasmotherium sibiricum

Artist’s impression of an Elasmotherium sibiricum ( public domain )

The newly discovered skull fragments have left researchers convinced that some members of the species survived for hundreds of thousands of years longer than previously thought. Radiocarbon dating shows the age of the fragments, the researchers said in a report published in the American Journal of Applied Sciences.

The skull fragments–about 20 fossilized mammal teeth and bones–were found in Kazakhstan.

Pair of E. sibiricum (the Siberian ‘unicorn’).

Pair of E. sibiricum (the Siberian ‘unicorn’). ( public domain )

Featured image: Heinrich Harder's painting of the so-called Siberian Unicorn. ( Public Domain )

The article ‘ Researchers Find Siberian Unicorn Fossil Fragments in Kazakhstan, Say Creature Lived Much Longer Than Thought ’ by The Epoch Times Newsroom was originally appeared on The Epoch Times and has been republished with permission.


I haven't even heard of this creature, but have a strong belief that much of mythology is simply a recollection of very real things from the past, like the Titans being the nephilim,, the giants who were the offspring of fallen angels and human women.. I'm still waiting on Centaur find.

Right? What's going on? My mind is unraveling. Giants in the bible and all throughout ancient folklore. Dragons next?

ah dont know about this folks it looks completely fake to me and just look at the site it comes from

Oh. Unicorns are real. Cool.

If these creatures died during the mass extinction at the end of the Pleistocene, then the unicorn of legend may well be a folk memory of them. Native Americans preserved a clear memory of the mammoth and mastodon. In the same way, it is becoming increasingly clear that troglodytes and satyrs of Greek legend were remnant Neanderthal populations.

Finally! Now that a UNICORN fossil is found, maybe practical common sense would reveal that - like the Rhinoceros; Unicorns were hunted for their horns; eventually to be extinct. This would not have been for physical purpose at that time but for mystical uses instead.

Register to become part of our active community, get updates, receive a monthly newsletter, and enjoy the benefits and rewards of our member point system OR just post your comment below as a Guest.

Top New Stories

The 5000-year-old burial chamber at Bryn Celli Ddu on Anglesey
A team of archaeologists has conducted a geophysical survey that has revealed what appears to be a cairn cemetery at the prehistoric ritual area around Bryn Celli Ddu on the Welsh island of Anglesey. This previously unknown manmade landscape could be connected to an even larger complex in the surrounding area in what experts have described as “really exciting stuff.”

Human Origins

Was the Heretic Pharaoh Akhenaton in Fact the Father of Modern Monotheism?
This passage may read like a passage from the Old Testament of the Bible; but, this is a quote from the Hymn of Aten, a work by Pharaoh Amenhotep IV better known as Akhenaton. This so-called heretic king was the only known Pharaoh in Egyptian history who believed in a monotheistic doctrine when most of the ancient world adhered to polytheism.

Our Mission

At Ancient Origins, we believe that one of the most important fields of knowledge we can pursue as human beings is our beginnings. And while some people may seem content with the story as it stands, our view is that there exists countless mysteries, scientific anomalies and surprising artifacts that have yet to be discovered and explained.

The goal of Ancient Origins is to highlight recent archaeological discoveries, peer-reviewed academic research and evidence, as well as offering alternative viewpoints and explanations of science, archaeology, mythology, religion and history around the globe.

We’re the only Pop Archaeology site combining scientific research with out-of-the-box perspectives.

By bringing together top experts and authors, this archaeology website explores lost civilizations, examines sacred writings, tours ancient places, investigates ancient discoveries and questions mysterious happenings. Our open community is dedicated to digging into the origins of our species on planet earth, and question wherever the discoveries might take us. We seek to retell the story of our beginnings. 

Ancient Image Galleries

View from the Castle Gate (Burgtor). (Public Domain)
Door surrounded by roots of Tetrameles nudiflora in the Khmer temple of Ta Phrom, Angkor temple complex, located today in Cambodia. (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Cable car in the Xihai (West Sea) Grand Canyon (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Next article