Unicorns — those magical, mythical beings of yore that poop rainbows and look something like this:


Well, it turns out they were actually REAL and coexisted with our ancestors. No, we’re not joking.

A new study in the American Journal of Applied Science reveals that not only did unicorns actually roam the earth much more recently than originally thought, but the creatures looked quite different to what we’ve been led to believe.


Researchers from Russia’s Tomsk State University found a Siberian unicorn skull in Kazakhstan that they dated to 29,000 years ago. Experts had previously believed the species went extinct 350,000 years ago.

Oh, and they also think the unicorns looked like this:


Not quite as pretty as we hoped. The experts say the unicorns were mammoth-like, measuring up to 6.5 feet tall, 15 feet long and weighing a whopping 9,000 pounds. Yes, we’re scared, too.


So, the good news is that unicorns existed, the bad news is that they looked like the devil’s riding beast. Ah, well.


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