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When Early Humans Left Africa, Tuberculosis Traveled With Them

New research indicates that tuberculosis bacteria originated with early humans some 70,000 years ago, before they migrated from their African homeland.

Copper deposits in Israel's Timna Valley, now a national park.

The Search Continues for King Solomon’s Mines

A recent discovery has shed new light on an age-old mystery.

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Was Richard III Riddled With Roundworms?

Scientists have discovered evidence that the medieval monarch suffered from a parasitic infection.

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Frederick Douglass Escapes Slavery, 175 Years Ago

On the 175th anniversary of the escape of Frederick Douglass from slavery, look back at how the famed abolitionist became a free man.

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Jack the Ripper’s First Victim, 125 Years Ago

On the 125th anniversary of Jack the Ripper’s first suspected murder, take a look back at one of history’s most notorious serial killings.

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In Case of Emergency: The Washington-Moscow Hotline Turns 50

Fifty years after its inception, check out some surprising facts about this Cold War-era icon.

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Remembering the March on Washington: Video

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of this seminal civil rights event, check out some surprising facts about the March on Washington.

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Scientists Discover World’s Largest Fish

Thanks to a nearly complete skeleton found buried in an English quarry, the giant Jurassic-era Leedsichthys has grabbed the title of world’s largest fish.

David Cox, Jr holds a replica ring (right) and the original (left) that belonged to his father, U.S. Army Air Corps member David Cox. (Credit: Norwood McDowell)

WWII POW’s Lost Ring Recovered After 68 Years

In early 1945, U.S. 2nd Lt. David C. Cox traded his gold signet ring to a fellow POW in Germany; now, after 68 years, it has been returned to his family.

The former Kreditbanken building at Norrmalstorg Square. (Credit: Getty Images)

The Birth of “Stockholm Syndrome,” 40 Years Ago

Forty years ago, a six-day hostage drama inside a Swedish bank christened the psychological phenomenon known as “Stockholm Syndrome.”

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Spicy Find Sheds Light on Ancient Cuisine

By analyzing Stone-Age clay cooking vessels, researchers have found the earliest conclusive evidence of humans using spices to flavor their food.

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Ostrich-Egg Globe May Be Oldest to Depict New World

A Belgian map collector has found what may be the oldest known globe to depict the New World, dating to the early 1500s and engraved on the shell of an ostrich egg.

Members of the Mashco-Piro tribe in 2011. (Credit: AP Images/FENAMAD)

Peruvian Tribe Makes Rare Appearance

The Mashco-Piro, an indigenous group from the Amazon, is one of the most isolated tribes on Earth.