A team of researchers just unearthed dragon-like reptile fossils from China’s Liaoning province, and the creature is reportedly quite similar to the aerial predators called “Ikran” in the Avatar film (minus the mind-melding phalluses). The pterosaur dubbed Ikrandraco (“draco” meaning dragon in Latin) had a wingspan of up to 39 feet and dates back to about 120 million years.

The lead author of the report, Xiaolin Wang, proposes that the Ikrandraco had a throat-pouch much like the one a pelican uses to catch and store its food, making this pterosaur sound much less menacing and appealing.

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