Paleontologists Discover a Fossilized Skull of the Siberian Unicorn

While they might not look exactly like we had imagined, unicorns actually did exist—and more recently than previously believed. Paleontologists in Kazakstan have uncovered a well-preserved skull of the Elasmotherium sibiricum (aka the “Siberian Unicorn”) that lived just 29,000 years ago—shattering the previous estimation of 350,000 years. The Siberian Unicorn looks more like a furry, slimmed-down version of a rhino than a horse, but it …

A New Dinosaur Has Been Discovered

Amateur fossil-hunters recently uncovered the bones of a brand new dinosaur in Wales. The dog-sized dino, newly named Dracoraptor hanigani (which means “dragon robber”), was a small, carnivorous species that lived during the Jurassicc period. With about 40% of its bones found, the fossil is one of the most complete Jurassic-period fossils in the world and it’s currently on display at the National Museum Wales …

The Art of Reconstructing an Ancient Human

An ancient human species called Homo naledi made headlines last week after bones were unearthed in an underground cave in South Africa. To visualize what the distant human ancestor may have looked like, paleoartist John Gurche was tasked with reconstructing the homonin based off of clues from its fossils. Comparing himself to a CSI investigator, he takes in every detail—from eye socket width to jawline …