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Weighing up to 3,500kg, Elasmotherium sibiricum—an extinct hairy rhino popularly known as the “Siberian unicorn”—was thought to have disappeared as long as 200,000 years ago. An updated fossil analysis suggests this formidable species was still around some 39,000 years ago, and that Ice Age conditions, not human hunters, contributed to its demise.

She died 11,500 years ago at the tender age of six weeks in what is now the interior of Alaska. Dubbed "Sunrise Girl-child" by the local indigenous people, the remains of the Ice Age infant - uncovered at an archaeological dig in 2013 - contained traces of DNA, allowing scientists to perform a full genomic analysis. Incredibly, this baby girl belonged to a previously unknown population of ancient Native Americans - a discovery that's changing what we know about the continent's first people.

It's a veritable certainty that North America's first people arrived via the Bering Land Bridge, but less certainty exists about how and where they migrated from there. For years, scientists thought they had travelled along an ice-free corridor in western Canada, but new research suggests that this was impossible.