Many key inventions were unique: one-offs.
Scientists used 3D scans to analyze the corpse of Amenhotep I. They discovered that his brain was never removed and that he was circumcised, among other curiosities.
Distinguishing fact from fiction can be tough, especially when it comes to people as controversial as Stalin.
Haters and disrespect aside, fruitcake is still a robust American tradition.
The German-American cartoonist introduced the idea that Santa Claus traveled with a sleigh and reindeer.
In her 2020 book, "The Alchemy of Us," Ainissa Ramirez explores how important material inventions shaped the course of human experience.
In America, Cup Noodles has succeeded by hiding its Japanese roots.
What was this mammoth tusk doing on the ocean floor 150 miles from land?
It’s all well and good to discuss how our humanity evolved – but what even is humanity?
Bears, chimps, or humans? A track of five poorly preserved footsteps at Laetoli has puzzled paleontologists for decades. Now, a research paper from Nature claims to have solved the mystery.
Far from acting as the conduits of a benevolent deity, these religious leaders threw the teachings of their own church out of the window.
Missing link? More like the weakest link.
Washington believed that particular Thanksgiving in 1789 was a crucial occasion.
The early colonists thought they were being pulled by God into a void left by plague.
The insurmountable contrasts between their visions help explain Russia’s stunted development and hint at its destructive future.
The decades-long conflict is best understood not through secondhand accounts of historians, but the primary accounts of people who actually experienced it.
Fittingly, the skull was found in the Rising Star cave of South Africa, itself located at a site known to UNESCO as the Cradle of Mankind.
From textiles and transportation to chemicals and microchips, a group of researchers proposes a new way to measure the impact of innovation.
Though these ancient settlers of China were culturally cosmopolitan, their DNA turns out to have been completely distinct from the communities with which they interacted.
Looking with lasers, researchers discovered that many Olmec and Mayan ruins seem to have been constructed from the same blueprint.
Discover the history of homemade sugar skulls, home altars, and fantastical spirit animals.
The mad dog’s bite caused a hideous metamorphosis, which transformed its human victim into a nefarious monster.
The poisoned candy legend is just one way that American fears manifested: as an easily understood threat to innocence.
Will and Ariel Durant were praised for their ability to look at the big picture without losing sight of its little details, even if they did miss some of them.
The findings at L’Anse aux Meadows mark the the earliest known year by which human migration had encircled the planet.