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- Indonesian Cave Paintings May Be Among World’s Oldest Art
- Divers Excavate Greek Shipwreck Dubbed “Ancient Titanic”
- The Black Sox Baseball Scandal, 95 Years Ago
- 10 Things You May Not Know About Christopher Columbus
- The Viking Explorer Who Beat Columbus to America
- 8 Things You May Not Know About Emperor Claudius
- Iconic Waldorf Astoria Hotel Changes Hands
- 10 Things You May Not Know About Sigmund Freud
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A newly discovered fossil of an early mammal offers proof for the widely held belief that mammalian ears evolved from reptilian jaws.
The CIA has declassified World War I-era documents that contain invisible ink formulas, instructions for steaming open envelopes and other spying techniques.
William was the most common male name by a wide margin in 13th-century England, according to an important medieval record known as the Henry III Fine Rolls.
On the 236th anniversary of his famous ride, check out 12 facts about Paul Revere—from his dabbling in dentistry to his dismissal from the military–that might surprise you.
A new study offers persuasive evidence that dinosaurs hunted at night, challenging prevailing assumptions that they were mostly active by day.
A new Library of Congress exhibition presents a rare and poignant collection of recently donated Civil War photographs.
Researchers have recreated the face of a Viking woman who died some 1,000 years ago, offering what may be the most accurate representation yet of a living, breathing Viking.