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- Discovery of Oldest Human Fossil Fills Evolutionary Gap
- WWII’s Largest Battleship Revealed After 70 Years Underwater
- Islamic Ring Found in 9th-Century Viking Grave
- 9 Things You May Not Know About Michelangelo
- 10 Things You Should Know About the Appalachian Trail
- The Warship of Peace That Fed Famine-Stricken Ireland
- When Did the “Age of Man” Begin?
- History’s Biggest Art Heist Remains Unsolved, 25 Years Later
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On the 100th anniversary of its opening, find out more about the famous waterway connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
The Greek government has announced that an “extremely important” tomb has been found in northern Greece, sparking speculation about who may be buried inside.
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A new study reveals how a despotic system like ancient Egypt’s could have evolved from egalitarian hunter-gatherer societies.
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A new study argues that humanity’s development of tools, art and culture may have coincided with lower levels of testosterone and a more feminine skull shape.
Union Admiral David Farragut damned the torpedoes and supposedly delivered one of history’s most iconic orders 150 years ago.
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