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The Sled Dog Relay That Inspired the Iditarod

Look back at the 1925 life-or-death mission that inspired the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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Pompeii-like Eruptions Killed Animals in Ancient China

Scientists think animals buried in a 120 million-year-old Chinese graveyard were killed instantly by volcanic eruptions similar to the one that destroyed Pompeii.

Bao Bao, the National Zoo's newest panda cub, meets the media for the first time on January 6, 2014. (Credit: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

When “Panda-Monium” Swept America

As panda cub Bao Bao readies for her public debut, look back at the frenzied arrival of the National Zoo’s first giant pandas in 1972.

Smithsonian Institution

New Mammal Discovered in the Americas

This week, scientists from the Smithsonian Institution introduced the olinguito —the newest mammal and the first carnivore discovered in the Americas in 35 years.

Day 2 of the 2013 Fiesta de San Fermin. (Credit: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

For Better or Worse, Running of the Bulls Comes to U.S.

Beginning August 24, thousands of American daredevils will get their chance to run with the bulls when this centuries-old Spanish tradition arrives stateside.

Przewalski horses in Western Mongolia (Credit: Claudia Feh/Association pour le cheval de Przewalski)

Scientists Decode DNA of 700,000-Year-Old Horse

By analyzing a tiny fossil preserved in Yukon permafrost, scientists have been able to decode the genome of a horse that lived and died some 700,000 years ago.

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.

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.

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.

Dinosaur Arthritis

Arthritisaurus: Did Elderly Dinos Get Inflamed Joints?

Research suggests the marine reptiles known as pliosaurs got arthritis, and their dinosaur contemporaries might also have suffered from the condition.

Rebellatrix

Killer Fish Rebellatrix Not Your Typical Coelacanth

Rebellatrix, a new member of the “living fossil” coelacanth group, shows a different side of these ancient (but not extinct) fish.

Vikings and Mice

Vikings Had Mice, Did Travel

The Vikings brought the house mouse species to the areas they settled, including Iceland and Greenland, a new study shows.