Russian scientists have found a well-preserved skull of the Siberian unicorn – the extinct woolly mammal Elasmotherium sibiricum from the family of nosogorovyh. The age of the remains is 29 thousand years. This is written by the publication Science Alert.
The bones of this animal were found in the Pavlodar region of Kazakhstan. Scientists say that in the south of Western Siberia for a long time, acceptable conditions for the life of the elasmotheria persisted. It was believed that the last representatives of Elasmotherium sibiricum died out 350,000 years ago.
A typical representative of Siberian unicorns reached two meters in height, 4.5 meters in length, and his weight reached four tons. This species was first described in 1808, he lived in the territory of the modern Volga, Ukraine, Preduralye, Siberia and China. It is believed that it was covered with wool, since it belonged to the fauna living in the era of glaciation. On the forehead of the Elasmotheria there was a long and thick horn.
In May 2017, Current Biology reported the discovery of a plesiosaur on the Volga bank near Ulyanovsk. A large marine reptile, called Luskhan itilensis (from Latin – “the main spirit”), lived in the early Cretaceous 130 million years ago.
A source: lenta.ru