History In The Headlines

Author: Sarah Pruitt

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Researchers Identify Fragment of Amelia Earhart’s Plane

New research into Amelia Earhart’s 1937 disappearance yields a breakthrough with the positive identification of a piece of the famed aviator’s plane.

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Archaeologists Reveal City Ruled By Genghis Khan’s Heirs

Archaeologists working along the Volga River in Russia have uncovered the remains of a 750-year-old city ruled by the descendants of Mongol warrior Genghis Khan.

Samples from this thigh bone were used to reconstruct the genome of Ust’-Ishim man. (Credit: Bence Viola/ Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)

Scientists Reconstruct 45,000-Year-Old Human Genome

Using material extracted from a fossilized thigh bone found in Siberia, scientists have reconstructed the genetic map of a man who lived some 45,000 years ago.

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Lincoln’s Peoria Speech, 160 Years Later

Find out more about the speech that resuscitated Abraham Lincoln’s political career and launched him towards the presidency, 160 years ago today.

A technical diver examines the Antikythera shipwreck. (Credit: Brett Seymour/Return to Antikythera 2014)

Divers Excavate Greek Shipwreck Dubbed “Ancient Titanic”

Recent excavations of a ship that sank more than 2,000 years ago near the Greek island of Antikythera have yielded some astonishing new discoveries.

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Indonesian Cave Paintings May Be Among World’s Oldest Art

Paintings found on limestone cave walls in Indonesia may date back at least 40,000 years, as long as the earliest art found in caves in Western Europe.

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The Lumière Brothers, Pioneers of Cinema

On the 150th anniversary of the birth of Louis Lumière, take a look back at the Lumière brothers and their groundbreaking invention, the Cinématographe.

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Human Sleep Cycle May Have Roots in Ancient Oceans

A new study suggests that melatonin, the hormone that regulates our sleep, may have first evolved hundreds of millions of years ago in tiny ocean creatures.

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Amphipolis Tomb May Belong to Alexander the Great’s Mother

A pair of caryatids–or pillars made of sculpted female figures–found at the massive Greek burial complex may hint at the identity of the tomb’s occupant.

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700-Year-Old Skeletons Found Holding Hands

Archeologists excavating the Chapel of St. Morrell in England have uncovered a pair of skeletons that have been holding hands for the past 700 years.

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The History Behind the Scottish Independence Vote

On September 18, Scottish voters will go to the polls to decide the future of their country.

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Subterranean Mapping Reveals Secrets Underneath Stonehenge

A long-running survey of the landscape around Stonehenge has detected a subterranean network of monuments lurking beneath the prehistoric stone circle.

Gorham's Cave, Gibraltar (Credit: Stewart Finlayson)

Neanderthals May Have Been Artists, Too

A new study claims that markings found etched into the wall of a cave in Gibraltar are the work of Neanderthals, the closest extinct relatives of early modern humans.