History In The Headlines

Author: Jennie Cohen

Swimming Dinosaur

Dinosaurs Were Strong Swimmers, Study Suggests

Theropod dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus rex held their own in the water, according to new evidence.

April Fools' Hoaxes

8 Zany April Fools’ Day Hoaxes

From spaghetti trees to a Nixon comeback, check out some of history’s most elaborate April Fools’ Day pranks.

shroud-of-turin-age

Shroud of Turin Not a Medieval Forgery, According to New Book

A scientific analysis has yielded a new age for the Shroud of Turin, contradicting claims that the relic is a fake.

Mummification

Ancient Egyptian Mummification Practices Revisited by New Study

A new study casts doubt on ancient historians’ descriptions of the mummification process.

Four-Winged Birds

Did Four-Winged Birds and Dinos Fly the Ancient Skies?

Researchers believe the very first birds inherited a four-wing configuration from their dinosaur ancestors.

Curiosity Rover

Ancient Mars Could Have Harbored Life, Rover Finds

An analysis of rock dust by the Curiosity rover suggests that life could once have thrived on the Red Planet.

Viking Sunstone

Evidence of Fabled Viking Navigational Tool Found

A discovery from the wreckage of a 16th-century ship may finally prove that the Vikings’ legendary “sunstones” really existed.

Arctic Camel

Giant Ancient Camel Roamed the Arctic

A cold-weather camel that lived 3.5 million years ago has been discovered in Canada’s High Arctic.

Neanderthals and Rabbits

Did Rabbits Kill the Neanderthals?

Neanderthals’ fate was sealed when they passed on a rabbit-rich diet, according to new research.

Richard I

Richard the Lionheart’s Mummified Heart Gets a Forensic Workup

Researchers have conducted a biomedical analysis of King Richard I’s embalmed heart.

Diamond Heists

5 Giant Diamond Heists

As police investigate Monday’s diamond theft in Brussels, find out about five other major jewel heists of recent years.

Saber-Toothed Cats and Bear Dogs

Ancient Cats and Dogs Got Along, Study Shows

Nine million years ago, saber-toothed cats and bear dogs coexisted by divvying up prey and territory.

Sistine Chapel

7 Things You May Not Know About the Sistine Chapel

On the 500th birthday of the Sistine Chapel’s famous ceiling, explore seven facts about the Renaissance masterpiece.