Being weigh in & # 39; temperature & # 39; 3.5 tons hefty, b & # 39; horny themes on its head, this prehistoric animal, known as "unicorn Siberian ', has been wiped out over 100,000 years ago.
Despite its extinction, the advanced research has shown that the beast crossed the world with & # 39; modern to modern humans 35,000 years ago.
The ancient rhino species known as Elasmotherium sibericum (Siberian unicorn), because of its extraordinary single horn.
It was believed that became extinct between 200,000 and 100,000 years ago.
However, "a lovely full skull" at the Museum & # 39; Natural History helped challenge the presumed date of death & # 39; this creature.
Professor Adrian Lister, paleobjologu to study the evolution and extinction, said new research revealed that the "giant Ice Age" survived much later than previously thought.
"We have a few samples – such as the beautiful complete skull that we have in the museum – and to our surprise came in & # 39; less than 40,000 years", he said.
total & # 39 collaborated with Prof Lister & # 39; other researchers from the UK, the Netherlands and Russia to data radio carbon b & # 39;; 23 samples.
Using & # 39; advanced methods, the data showed that the species' survive until at least 39,000 years ago, and possibly up to 35,000 years ago ".
The study also involved the examination of the Siberian Unicorns teeth to reveal what the animal ate. The results confirmed that & # 39; probably grazing on grass and hard dry.
The Museum & # 39; Natural History said the last days & # 39; the ancient rhino species "have been shared with & # 39; modern humans and Neanderthals".
He added: "However, it is unlikely that the presence of humans was the cause of & # 39; extinction.
"Instead, it is more likely that the dramatic fluctuations in climate during this period & # 39; time, with style & # 39; specialized life livestock and numbers & # 39; low population rhinos are pushed & # 39; away. "
Researchers based in Australia examined the DNA from some fossils – the first time any DNA recovered from E. sibiricum – and found that the old Rino "shared by modern group & # 39; rhinos approximately another approximately 43 million years ago ".
This makes the Siberian unicorn 'last species & # 39; distinctive lineage and very old ".
Today there are only five species & # 39; surviving rhino, although in the past there was equal to 250 species at different times.
This story originally appeared in & # 39; The Sun and published again here with permission.