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The results of the investigation show that Richard’s skeleton sustained 11 wounds at or near the time of his death: nine of them to the skull, suggesting he had removed or lost his helmet in battle

Richard III: Two years after his body was found scientists discover how he died

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The ecological reconstruction of Ikrandraco avatar is shown in this illustration courtesy of Chuang Zhao. Scientists on September 11, 2014 announced the discovery of fossils in China of a type of flying reptile called a pterosaur that lived 120 millions years ago and so closely resembled those creatures from the 2009 film, Avatar that they named it after them.

Avatar film inspires name of newly discovered flying reptile

Scientists have jokingly urged that blue, avatar-like creatures have never existed, and the reptiles were never ridden

The sarcophagus lid is believed to have been brought to the UK by the late Captain ‘Tiger’

Egyptian embassy tries to prevent auction of 2,300-year-old coffin lid in Cambridgeshire

An ancient Egyptian coffin lid being sold at auction in Cambridgeshire today should be withdrawn from sale and repatriated to Egypt, embassy officials in London have said.

The bridge over the River Omka, in the city of Omsk, Siberia, Russia, near where armour that could be up to 3,900 years old was found.

'Elite warrior' armour which could date back 3,900 years found in Siberia

Archaeologists found the armour in an area rich in ancient burial grounds

The discovery of the buried stones is part of a much wider archaeological investigation into Stonehenge’s sacred landscape

Stonehenge had huge 'stone religious sibling' just two miles away

Scientists say they had no idea massive henge of 50 stones was just two miles away

Members of the arctic expedition led by British explorer Sir John Franklin (1786 - 1847) on their attempt to discover the Northwest passage. The expedition was beleaguered by thick ice and Franklin died in June 1847 and most of the team died of starvation

Mystery of Sir John Franklin's doomed mission to find the Northwest Passage solved

One of two ships from the Franklin Expedition, lost in 1846, has been found in the Arctic

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The 85-foot dinosaur lived 77m years ago and weighed as much as 12 African elephants

Excavations at the fort have uncovered some of the best preserved Roman building in Britain

Binchester Roman Fort: Save ‘the Pompeii of the North’, campaigners urge

Worries that Roman fort site may fall into developers’ hands after Church puts it up for sale

Hambledon Hill, in Dorset, has been bought by the National Trust

National Trust acquires 2,600-year-old Iron Age fort Hambledon Hill

One of Britain’s most important archaeological sites – a vast Iron Age hill fort at Hambledon Hill, Dorset – has been acquired by the National Trust.

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