History In The Headlines

Author: Jennie Cohen

Neanderthal DNA

We May Not Be Part Neanderthal After All

Common ancestry, rather than interbreeding, could account for genetic similarities between humans and Neanderthals.

Homo Genus Diversity

Multiple Lines of Early Humans Coexisted in Africa, Study Suggests

Our most direct ancestors weren’t alone 2 million years ago, newly discovered fossils from Kenya indicate.

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‘Women and Children First’? On Sinking Ships, It’s Every Man for Himself

Despite the chivalry seen aboard Titanic, men usually fare better than women when marine disasters strike.

Ancient Mayan Prince

Tomb of Ancient Mayan Prince Discovered in Mexico

Researchers excavating the Maya settlement of Uxul, buried deep within the jungle, have uncovered the final resting place of a young prince.

Sally Ride

Remembering Sally Ride, Space Pioneer

Take a look back at the incredible career of astronaut Sally Ride, who died Monday at age 61.

Neanderthal Arms

Big Neanderthal Arms Caused by Making Clothes, Study Suggests

Scraping animal hides, not hunting with spears, may have produced Neanderthals’ humerus asymmetry.

Army Sacrifice

Entire Army Sacrificed in Denmark Returns to the Surface

Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of more than 200 warriors who were thrown into a Danish lake some 2,000 years ago.

Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor: 6 Surprising Facts

Discover six things you may not know about the Medal of Honor, which was signed into law 150 years ago, and its recipients.

First America Map

Copy of First Map to Name America Found

A previously unknown copy of the map credited with popularizing the name “America” has turned up in a university library in Munich.

Tartar on the teeth of an Australopithecus sediba specimen. (Credit: Amanda Henry)

Human Ancestor Ate Leaves, Wood and Bark

Unlike other human ancestors, Australopithecus sediba foraged for tough, hard items like leaves, wood and bark, new research suggests.

CSS Neuse

Wreck of Civil War Gunboat Gets a New Home

On Saturday, after a turbulent 150 years, the Confederate ironclad CSS Neuse will be moved indoors into a new facility.

Watergate

Watergate: Where Are They Now?

Forty years after burglars were arrested at the Watergate complex, find out what happened to key players in the ensuing scandal.

Neanderthal Cave Art

Did Neanderthals Create World’s Oldest Cave Paintings?

Not only were Neanderthals smarter than experts once thought, they may have beat modern humans to cave art creation.