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In a new study, researchers suggest our ancestors may have developed language in order to make the tools necessary for their survival.
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A 170-million-year-old fossil found on Scotland’s Isle of Skye represents a newly identified species of prehistoric marine reptile, researchers say.
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One of the nation’s oldest time capsules was opened on Tuesday evening in Boston, revealing artifacts originally planted by Adams and Revere in 1795.
New research suggests that China’s first known kingdom may have been destroyed when its lands transformed rapidly into desert more than 4,000 years ago.
Archaeologists have discovered two ancient burial sites in Egypt, one belonging to a previously unknown queen and the other to the god of the dead.
A newly discovered complex of carved rooms and tunnels may prove to be the largest of the many mysterious ancient underground cities in Turkey’s Cappadocia region.
The discovery of a 6,000-year-old settlement near Stonehenge may provide new insights into the origins of one of England’s most enigmatic historical sites.
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