Unicorns – at least a version of a unicorn – made an appearance in the popular press this week. Kelli Bender of People published a brief article called: Fairy Tales Are Full of Lies: Unicorns Were Real, Lived with Humans and Weren’t that Cute (August 21, 2017).
In her piece she discusses Elasmotheriu sibiricum also known as the Siberian unicorn which lived in pre-historic times. The Siberian Unicorn resembles an ugly rhinoceros – not a beautiful horse. It went extinct about 29,000 years ago and roamed the Earth at the same time as pre-historic cave men.
Not exactly the classic image of a beautiful unicorn steed communing with fair maidens. Ah well, it may not be perfect, but it was real.