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A statue thought to depict the notorious emperor Caligula may have led experts to a long-lost imperial palace.
When an earth-shattering event triggered mass extinctions 65 million years ago, some turtles weren’t even shell-shocked, a new study suggests.
On the 207th anniversary of the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, find out about this notorious incident and other famous standoffs.
Viking warriors raiding Britain may have filed their teeth to scare their enemies, according to archaeologists excavating a unique mass grave.
Find out about the history of fireworks, which will light up the skies across America this Independence Day.
Graffiti discovered at the Alamo earlier this month may be the oldest ever found at the site and could help shed light on its enigmatic past.
Once considered priceless, the ancient remedies frankincense and myrrh are drawing new attention from medical researchers.
Large dinosaurs had warm blood but were not necessarily warm-blooded, according to an innovative new study.
Find out about famous gangsters who became informants for the U.S. government, including the recently captured Whitey Bulger.
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