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- Discovery of Oldest Human Fossil Fills Evolutionary Gap
- WWII’s Largest Battleship Revealed After 70 Years Underwater
- 10 Things You Should Know About the Appalachian Trail
- 9 Things You May Not Know About Michelangelo
- Islamic Ring Found in 9th-Century Viking Grave
- The Warship of Peace That Fed Famine-Stricken Ireland
- When Did the “Age of Man” Begin?
- History’s Biggest Art Heist Remains Unsolved, 25 Years Later
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