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- WWII’s Largest Battleship Revealed After 70 Years Underwater
- Islamic Ring Found in 9th-Century Viking Grave
- Discovery of Oldest Human Fossil Fills Evolutionary Gap
- The Warship of Peace That Fed Famine-Stricken Ireland
- History’s Biggest Art Heist Remains Unsolved, 25 Years Later
- 9 Things You May Not Know About Michelangelo
- 10 Things You Should Know About the Appalachian Trail
- After 400 Years, Investigators Find Remains of Cervantes, Don Quixote’s Creator
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Researchers have found that human ancestors developed the ability to digest alcohol around 10 million years ago—and it may have been key to their survival.
In analyzing the newly found remains of Richard III, geneticists have uncovered evidence of adultery among at least one of his relatives.
A new study finds that men and women buried as vampires in 17th and 18th century Poland were not—as previously believed—immigrants to the region.
Librarians in the town of St.-Omer, France, recently discovered a first folio of William Shakespeare’s plays, which are among the rarest books in the world.
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Look back 90 years ago at the humble origins of an American holiday tradition—the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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On November 24, 1974, scientists in Africa unearthed the skeleton of one of humanity’s oldest ancestors, a pint-sized Australopithecus they nicknamed “Lucy.”
On the 320th anniversary of Voltaire’s birth, learn 10 things you may not know about one of the 18th century’s most quotable and controversial thinkers.
On the 45th anniversary of the American Indian occupation of Alcatraz, learn how a group of rebel activists took over America’s most notorious prison for more than 19 months.
Scientists seeking to clone the long-extinct woolly mammoth may have found the best hope yet of achieving their controversial goal.
A Napoleon memorabilia auction this past weekend brought in $12.5 million and proved the enduring interest in the French emperor.