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- Archaeologists Uncover 5,000-Year-Old Human Footprints in Denmark
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By analyzing Stone-Age clay cooking vessels, researchers have found the earliest conclusive evidence of humans using spices to flavor their food.
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.
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