The skeleton of a supposed vampire has been exhumed on Lazzaretto Nuovo Island in Venice.
It was found by Matteo Borrini of the University of Florence, who was excavating the mass graves of plague victims from the Middle Ages.
The skeleton was buried with a brick in its mouth, believed to be an ancient method of preventing plague-spreading "vampires" from passing on disease by chewing their shrouds.
Dr Borrini said: "This idea probably originated from the dribble of blood that often came from the mouths of plague victims when they died."
Peer Moore-Jansen of Wichita State University told New Scientist that while the discovery was exciting, he had found similar skeletons in Poland.
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