'Siberian unicorn' walked Earth with humans

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'Siberian unicorn' walked Earth with humans

#1  Postby DougC » Nov 30, 2018 2:20 pm

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A giant rhino that may have been the origin of the unicorn myth survived until at least 39,000 years ago - much longer than previously thought.

Known as the Siberian unicorn, the animal had a long horn on its nose, and roamed the grasslands of Eurasia.

New evidence shows the hefty beast may have eventually died out because it was such a picky eater.

Scientists say knowing more about the animal's extinction could help save the remaining rhinos on the planet.

Rhinos are in particular danger of extinction because they are very picky about their habitat, said Prof Adrian Lister of the Natural History Museum, London, who led the study.

"Any change in their environment is a danger for them," he told BBC News. "And, of course, what we've also learned from the fossil record is that once a species is gone, that's it, it's gone for good."

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#2  Postby Evolving » Nov 30, 2018 3:20 pm

Very interesting (really), but isn't it more likely that the normal rhino is the origin of the unicorn myth, rather than that a folk memory of this giant one survived for well over 30,000 years?
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#3  Postby Keep It Real » Dec 15, 2018 4:55 pm

I think it more likely the unicorn myth originated because of horses being ridden into battle, and wouldn't it be useful if they had a lance/spear (horn) to "help" further.
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