Science Art: Elasmotherium by Alice B. Woodward, 1912.

Scientific illustration of a prehistoric rhinoceros, an elasmotherium

Scientific illustration of a prehistoric rhinoceros, an elasmotheriumClick to embiggen

The so-called “Siberian unicorn,” the Elasmotherium, a noble critter here pictured in the pages of Evolution of the Past, by Henry R. Knipe (with illustrations by Alice B. Woodward and Ernest Bucknall).

I still want to see them used in place of the heraldic unicorn as a symbol of Scotland, should independence ever happen. Until then, I think fondly of their memory: stolid beasts, galloping and grazing, possibly around as recently as 26,000 years ago, and maybe sketched on the walls of Rouffignac Cave in France.