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.

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

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

It is one of several animals and birds depicted on the ancient plateau

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More shapes revealed among known geoglyphs like The Dog (pictured)

The remains of Richard III, found under a car park in Leicester two years ago

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An artist’s impression of Pelagornis sandersi, which could fly great distances

Wingspan of the largest bird in history revealed by new scientific study

The bird, named Pelagornis sandersi, lived about 25 million or 28 million years ago

Excavators work at the bottom of the reactivated Pit 91 at the Page Museum La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles Thursday, June 19,

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Fossils are being discovered preserved in tar pits

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Fossil of a 70-million-year-old ‘Terror Lizard’ goes back to Mongolia

Deal agreed to return Tarbosaurus skeleton after it was illegally smuggled to Britain by a 'one-man black market in prehistoric fossils'

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An unrolled tefillin parchment from Qumran

Nine new Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in Israel after lying unopened in storeroom for 60 years

Experts say they could provide new insights into ancient life

A practice battlefield, complete with two opposing trench systems a No Man’s Land, where thousands of troops practised before embarking for the trenches of Europe, has been discovered by chance on a MOD site, Browndown Training Camp in Hampshire.

The corner of an English field that is for ever a foreign ‘no man’s land’: WWI training camp found on south coast

The site appears to have been used for highly realistic mock battles – in preparation for more lethal encounters on the Western Front

Scientists discover world's oldest cheese buried on mummies

The cheese was discovered buried in China's Taklamakan Desert

Silver statuettes and metal fittings of a general's chair from late antiquity, which are part of a 'Barbarian Treasure' illegally excavated in the Palatinate

Amateur discovers Roman-era German treasure linked to Wagnerian Nibelung legend

A hobby archaeologist with a metal detector has discovered a trove of gold and silver in a German forest dating back to late Roman times, fuelling speculation that it could be the legendary Nibelung treasure which inspired composer Richard Wagner’s operatic “Ring Cycle”.

The mummy's preserved wooden sarcophagus after being cleaned up

‘New’ Luxor mummy is 3,600 years old

The exact identity of the well-preserved find will now be studied

A sixth-century Byzantine mosaic near Raqqa on the Euphrates which was blown up by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, opposed to the depiction of the human form, in January

The destruction of the idols: Syria’s patrimony at risk from extremists

The country’s wealth of archaeological treasures is under threat both from iconoclastic Islamic fundamentalists and looters operating amid the lawlessness of war

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