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Elasmotherium is an extinct giant rhinoceros with the world's largest horn that lived in Eurasia during the Late Pliocene through the Pleistocene, documented from 2.6 Ma to as late as 50,000 years ago, possibly later, in the Late Pleistocene, an approximate span of slightly less than 2.6 million years. It is closely related to modern rhinoceroses.

The best known, E. sibiricum (also known as the giant unicorn) was the size of a mammoth and is thought to have borne a large, thick horn on its forehead which was used for defence, attracting mates, driving away competitors, sweeping snow from the grass in winter and digging for water and plant roots. Like all rhinoceroses, elasmotheres were herbivorous. Unlike any others, its high-crowned molars were ever-growing. Its legs were longer than those of other rhinos and were designed for galloping, giving it a horse-like gait. The Russian paleontologists of the 19th century who discovered and named the initial fossils were influenced by ancient legends of a huge unicorn roaming the steppes of Siberia. To date no evidence either contradicts or confirms the possibility that Elasmotherium survived into legendary times.

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Jurassic Park: Builder

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The Elasmotherium appears as a limited edition Glacier Park animal in Jurassic Park: Builder.

Jurassic World: The Game

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Elasmotherium was added to the game as a Cenozoic animal on the February 15, 2017 update.

Jurassic World: Alive

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Elasmotherium is a rare Cenozoic creature in Jurassic World: Alive.