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Archaeologists discovered a group of shackled skeletons in an ancient Roman burial ground in southwestern France, near the site of long-ago gladiatorial battles.
On the 175th anniversary of George Armstrong Custer’s birth, explore 10 surprising facts about the controversial general killed at Little Bighorn.
Researchers have found that human ancestors developed the ability to digest alcohol around 10 million years ago—and it may have been key to their survival.
In analyzing the newly found remains of Richard III, geneticists have uncovered evidence of adultery among at least one of his relatives.
A new study finds that men and women buried as vampires in 17th and 18th century Poland were not—as previously believed—immigrants to the region.
Librarians in the town of St.-Omer, France, recently discovered a first folio of William Shakespeare’s plays, which are among the rarest books in the world.
As Congress considers honorary U.S. citizenship for Spaniard Bernardo de Gálvez, learn about the seven foreign nationals who have received the tribute.
Look back 90 years ago at the humble origins of an American holiday tradition—the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The annual Thanksgiving ritual of granting presidential pardons to White House turkeys is not as hallowed as you may think.
On November 24, 1974, scientists in Africa unearthed the skeleton of one of humanity’s oldest ancestors, a pint-sized Australopithecus they nicknamed “Lucy.”
On the 320th anniversary of Voltaire’s birth, learn 10 things you may not know about one of the 18th century’s most quotable and controversial thinkers.
On the 45th anniversary of the American Indian occupation of Alcatraz, learn how a group of rebel activists took over America’s most notorious prison for more than 19 months.
Scientists seeking to clone the long-extinct woolly mammoth may have found the best hope yet of achieving their controversial goal.