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Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson (r) listens as Phil Collins speaks in front of The Alamo, announcing the donation of his collection of historical Alamo artifacts on June 26, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. (Credit: Gary Miller/Getty Images)

Phil Collins Has Always Remembered the Alamo

A British rock legend’s unlikely fascination drove him to amass the world’s largest private collection of Alamo relics, which he recently donated to the Texas landmark.

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Einstein Letters Fetch More Than $420K at Auction

More than two dozen letters written by famed physicist Albert Einstein sold at auction this week, bringing in a total of some $420,625.

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Scientists Find Soft Tissue in 75-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Bones

In a pile of unpromising dinosaur fossils dug up in Canada a century ago, British scientists find soft tissue materials preserved for some 75 million years.

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Newly Rediscovered Film Shows Amelia Earhart Shortly Before Fatal Flight

The film is believed to be the last surviving footage of the celebrated female aviator, who disappeared over the South Pacific in July 1937.

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1,500 Years Later, Killer Animal Elevator Returns to Colosseum

A replica of the lift system used to hoist and release deadly wild animals onto the Colosseum’s floor has been unveiled inside Rome’s ancient amphitheater.

A 1907 postcard rallying Texans to "Save the Alamo."

The “Second Battle of the Alamo”

Preservationist Adina De Zavala’s one-woman siege of the Alamo in 1908 helped to prevent the destruction of one of its most historic structures.

Artist's representation of the newly discovered Regaliceratops peterhewsi. (Credit: Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology)

New “Hellboy” Dinosaur Identified in Canada

Scientists in Alberta, Canada, have identified a new species of horned dinosaur, a cousin of Triceratops that sported a distinctive bony frill and facial horns.

Close-up of cannon recovered from HMS Erebus. (Credit: Parks Canada)

Relics of Long-Lost Shipwreck Unveiled

A collection of artifacts recovered from the wrecked HMS Erebus in Canada’s Queen Maud Gulf are all that remains of Sir John Franklin’s doomed expedition to the Arctic in 1845.

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Nazi Germany’s Madagascar Plan, 75 Years Ago

In the years before the beginning of the Holocaust, the Nazi government launched an audacious plan to exile European Jews to the island of Madagascar.

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WWI Hero Henry Johnson Finally Receives Medal of Honor

Private Henry Johnson, a member of the all-black unit known as the “Harlem Hellfighters,” used a rifle, a knife and his hands to fight off nearly two dozen German soldiers during World War I.

Casts of the jaw of Australopithecus deyiremeda. (Credit: Laura Dempsey/Cleveland Museum of Natural History)

Newly Discovered Human Ancestor Species May Have Lived Alongside “Lucy”

The recently discovered fossils of a 3.5 million-year-old hominin have added a new branch to humanity’s growing family tree.

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Explorer Percy Fawcett Disappears in the Amazon, 90 Years Ago

Percy Fawcett was an inspiration for both Indiana Jones and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Lost World,” but his 1925 disappearance in the Amazon remains a mystery to this day.

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Was This the First Murder Victim in History?

Scientists say a fossilized skull found inside a cave in Spain shows evidence that it belonged to the victim of a homicide—some 430,000 years ago.