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A skull excavated from a site near London's Liverpool Station in August 2013. (Credit: Andrew Winning/Corbis Images)

Grisly London Discovery May Be Proof of City’s Gladiators

New forensic research on 39 skulls unearthed in London may offer the first proof of Roman-era gladiators in the ancient city.

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From Fins to Feet? Ancient Fish Reveals Link

Fossils of an ancient fish found in the Canadian Arctic suggest that the hind legs of four-legged animals actually developed in the water, as enhanced fins.

An ancient Buddha statue on display in Kabul museum in June 2013, following an extensive restoration process. (Credit: Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Getty Images)

Afghans Restore Museum Relics Destroyed by Taliban

With some help from abroad, the National Museum of Afghanistan has reassembled or recovered thousands of artifacts destroyed or stolen under Islamist rule.

Bas-relief image of the Ark of the Covenant. (Credit: Getty Images)

Fate of the Lost Ark Revealed?

A newly translated ancient Hebrew text provides clues to what may have happened to the Ark of the Covenant, along with the other treasures in King Solomon’s Temple.

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.

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Scientists Solve Supervolcano Mystery

A team of researchers has discovered more information about what causes “supervolcanoes” to erupt, and their findings are unsettling.

Matthew G. Axelson, Daniel R. Healy, James Suh, Marcus Luttrell, Eric S. Patton and Michael P. Murphy pose in Afghanistan on June 18, 2005. Ten days later, all but Luttrell would be killed by enemy forces while supporting Operating Red Wings, which also claimed the lives of Danny Dietz and 13 other Navy Seals. (Credit: U.S. Navy/Getty Images)

The Real-Life Story Behind “Lone Survivor”

Before “Lone Survivor” hits theaters on January 10, read the incredible tale of Marcus Luttrell and his fellow Navy SEALs that is the basis for the film.

Virtual simulation image of the sun atop the obelisk with the Altar of Peace in the foreground. (Credit: Indiana University Bloomington)

Mystery of Ancient Roman Sundial Deciphered Using Digital Modeling

A decades-old misconception about two Ancient Roman monuments has been corrected by researchers using 3-D digital simulations and NASA data.

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This Year in History: 2013

Take a look back at some of the most compelling stories of 2013, as covered by History in the Headlines.

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The Burning of Buffalo, 200 Years Ago

Months before torching Washington, D.C., in the War of 1812, British forces burned Buffalo, New York, to the ground 200 years ago.

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Indonesian Cave Reveals Tsunami History

A natural cave found near the source of the deadly 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami has revealed the footprints of past gigantic waves going back some 7,500 years.

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The Saga of Van Gogh’s Ear, 125 Years Ago

Troubled Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh lost his left earlobe 125 years ago, but not all art historians believe the wound was self-inflicted.

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Christmas Traditions, Past and Present

According to the latest Pew Research Center survey, nine out of every 10 Americans celebrate Christmas, but only half of those view it as a religious holiday.