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The Siberian unicorn, scientifically known as Elasmotherium sibiricum, was a massive rhinoceros that roamed the grasslands of Eurasia from the Late Miocene to the Late Pleistocene, with the most recent reliable evidence dating back to around 39,000 years ago.

Belonging to the Elasmotheriinae subfamily, distinct from the group containing modern rhinoceroses (Rhinocerotinae), this unique creature was the last known member of its kind.

Illustration by W.S. Van der Merwe

The most famous species within the Elasmotherium genus, E. sibiricum, rivaled the mammoth in size and has long been speculated to possess a single, exceptionally large horn on its forehead. Despite this widely held belief, no conclusive evidence of such a horn has ever been unearthed.

Interestingly, various researchers have proposed alternative theories, suggesting that if the Siberian unicorn did indeed have a horn, it might have been considerably smaller than commonly imagined. The mystery surrounding this ancient creature continues to intrigue scientists and enthusiasts alike.

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