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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.
Texas Tech University scientists have unearthed evidence of a previously unknown species of ancient crocodile-like creatures.
Look out Indiana Jones. A family of burrowing rabbits, not a team of archaeologists, has discovered a trove of Bronze Age artifacts in England.
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Though caused by the same pathogen, the deadly Plague of Justinian appears to have emerged separately from later plagues such as the Black Death.
The first car designed and built by Ferdinand Porsche—an electric vehicle from 1898—was recently uncovered in an Austrian garage after more than a century.
New research published this weekend provides the latest fodder for a long-standing debate over when the majestic Grand Canyon was actually formed.
The remains of a previously unidentified pharaoh dating back some 3,600 years provides valuable new evidence of a forgotten Egyptian dynasty.
British researchers have uncovered what may be King Alfred the Great’s pelvic bone.