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We have discovered new extended star clusters (ESCs) in a nearby dIrr galaxy NGC 6822. These clusters are the nearest sample of ESCs available to date. The key characteristic of ESCs is their large size compared to typical globular clusters even though the two cluster populations are rather similar in terms of other parameters, i.e., color and luminosity. Several scenarios have been suggested to explain the formation of ESCs. However, the currently known ESCs may be a mixture of populations with heterogeneous formation histories. Future observational and theoretical studies are expected to better constrain the origins of ESCs as well as to increase their sample size.