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06/09/2013 12:35 BST | Updated 09/09/2013 14:01 BST

Giant Armadillo Among Prehistoric Fossil Find In Venezuela

Palaeontologists have discovered the remains of prehistoric animals dating back to the end of the Ice Age buried in south America.

The fossils, stained with tar, included a saber-toothed tiger, a giant armadillo, and a featherless (not headless) chicken.

The Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research is now the new home for many of the 12,000 recorded specimens.

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Ascanio Rincon shows off the dramatic bone fossils

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The head of the institute’s laboratory of palaeontology eagerly waits to discover proof of any prehistoric human life that may be located in the area.

"We are close,” Ascania Rincon told AFP. "You have to keep exploring the area. We have already found spearheads, what’s lacking is reliable indication that man hunted the megafauna that we are finding.”