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Australopithecus sediba

Meet Your New Ancestor: Slideshow

Check out images of Australopithecus sediba, which researchers think may be the intermediary species that spawned the Homo genus.

9/11

9/11 Anniversary: Online Features and Television Schedule

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, HISTORY is offering a full lineup of television specials and an array of online features.

Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury & Other Celebrities Who Raised AIDS Awareness

Find out about Freddie Mercury, the inspiration for today’s Google Doodle, and other famous people who helped put a face on the HIV and AIDS crisis.

Arlington Oak

Arlington Oak, Which Shaded JFK’s Grave, Fell Victim to Hurricane

The historic tree, located in Arlington National Cemetery, was uprooted last weekend by Hurricane Irene.

Hair Loss History

From Hippo Fat to Vacuum Helmets, a History of Baldness Prevention

Find out about some of the weird and wacky ways people have attempted to curb or conceal their hair loss over the centuries.

Thylacine

Were Tasmanian Tigers Unfairly Driven to Extinction?

Thylacines were wiped out by hunters who thought they massacred sheep, but a new study suggests the quirky carnivores didn’t have it in them.

Acheulian hand axes

Human Ancestors Crafted Advanced Tools Earlier Than Thought

Early humans made sophisticated stone tools like hand axes 1.8 million years ago, a cache of artifacts from Kenya suggests.

Baby

Will Hurricane Irene Spawn a Baby Boom?

Does history support the common perception that disasters can lead to spikes in birth rates?

Hurricane Irene

Why Do Hurricanes Have Names?

As Hurricane Irene churns toward the northeastern United States, find out how tropical cyclones came to be assigned people’s names.

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Opens in Washington, D.C.: Photos

Check out images of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, which was unveiled this week on the National Mall.

Lager

Lager: Patagonian for Beer?

Lager was born when a South American yeast species arrived in Bavaria in the 15th century, says a new study.

Mona Lisa

10 Famous Art Heists: Slideshow

Find out about the 1911 Mona Lisa theft, which took place 100 years ago Sunday, and other sensational art capers.

Hatshepsut

Did Skin Cream Kill Egypt’s Queen Hatshepsut?

The female pharaoh Hatshepsut might have accidentally poisoned herself with a carcinogenic skin treatment, according to a new study.