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Tartar on the teeth of an Australopithecus sediba specimen. (Credit: Amanda Henry)

Human Ancestor Ate Leaves, Wood and Bark

Unlike other human ancestors, Australopithecus sediba foraged for tough, hard items like leaves, wood and bark, new research suggests.

Emancipation Proclamation Auction

Emancipation Proclamation Copy Signed by Lincoln for Sale

Bidders can take home a rare piece of history on Tuesday when a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln goes up for auction.

Wimbledon Facts

9 Things You May Not Know About Wimbledon

As play begins at Wimbledon 2012, explore nine surprising facts about the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament.

CSS Neuse

Wreck of Civil War Gunboat Gets a New Home

On Saturday, after a turbulent 150 years, the Confederate ironclad CSS Neuse will be moved indoors into a new facility.

Napoleon Invasion of Russia

Napoleon’s Disastrous Invasion of Russia, 200 Years Ago

Trace Napoleon’s route through Russia on the 200th anniversary of his disastrous invasion.

Historic Handshakes

8 Historic Handshakes

As people around the globe celebrate World Handshake Day, explore eight of history’s most famous handshakes.

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Q&A With David Talbot, Author of ‘Season of the Witch’

Find out about David Talbot’s new book, which focuses on San Francisco between 1967 and 1982, and enter for a chance to win a copy.

Jesse James Wanted Poster

Jesse James Wanted Poster Goes Up for Auction

A rare Frank and Jesse James reward poster could fetch $25,000 when it goes under the gavel on Saturday, making it a most-wanted wanted poster.

Doomsday Clock

The End of Civilization?: 7 Moments in the History of the Doomsday Clock

On the 65th anniversary of the creation of the Doomsday Clock, discover seven moments when the clock’s minute hand conveyed potential global destruction—or world peace.

War of 1812

10 Things You May Not Know About the War of 1812

On the 200th anniversary of the start of the War of 1812, explore 10 surprising facts about the conflict.

Watergate

Watergate: Where Are They Now?

Forty years after burglars were arrested at the Watergate complex, find out what happened to key players in the ensuing scandal.

Niagara Falls

A Daredevil History of Niagara Falls

As Nik Wallenda attempts to cross the gorge on a tightrope, explore the history of Niagara Falls and the daring stunts it has witnessed.

Neanderthal Cave Art

Did Neanderthals Create World’s Oldest Cave Paintings?

Not only were Neanderthals smarter than experts once thought, they may have beat modern humans to cave art creation.