Archaic humans ventured into Eurasia in waves, not always successfully. They may have started their journey in North Africa or West Asia.
The Assam stone jars were described as early as 1929. Almost a century later, archaeologists still puzzle over their placement and purpose.
There were at least eight other human species, some of whom existed for far longer than we have. Who were they?
The "Clovis First" hypothesis for human settlement of North and South America has just been debunked. Where do we go from here?
Most cities reeked of death, defecation, and industrial waste. Still, focusing only on stench means turning a blind eye (or nose) to the many other smells that helped shape human history.
To Vladimir Putin, a young KGB colonel at the time, the decision was a colossal mistake.
Scientists across a range of disciplines have helped solve Darwin's dilemma.
By toppling medieval Europe’s mightiest political power, the Protestant Reformation ushered in a new age of freedom, religious and otherwise.
“I watched closely for the sun or stars to appear, to correct my chronometer, on the accuracy of which our lives and the success of the journey would depend.”
The way that the ancient Megalodon adapted to water temperature has important implications for modern marine creatures.
Understanding the factors behind recent growth could help us better approach inequality.
The design was as intricate as that of modern-day, factory-fabricated denim jeans, and just as durable. The ancients had fashion.
Meet T. imperator and T. regina.
We pretend as if economic sanctions are a peaceful way to coerce others into behaving. In reality, they are a potent tool of modern warfare.
A famous explorer's doomed ship is finally found 107 years after it was lost to the Antarctic deep.
In the shadow of the Shard, the mosaics help paint a picture of Roman London.
Researchers speculate the famous monument was one of the world’s first solar calendars, possibly inspired by trade with ancient Egyptians.
As always, aDNA research raises as many questions as answers.
An ancient continent called Balkanatolia rose and fell in the area in and around what is now the eastern Mediterranean.
Vladimir Putin adores Fyodor Dostoevsky. A close reading of the legendary author’s texts reveals the feeling might have been mutual.
Socrates lived during a time when people did not strive to separate fact from fiction. So how much of what we know about Socrates is true?
Da Vinci dreamed up a helicopter 400 years before they actually existed. Now, engineers have brought his design to life, but with a twist.
One particular revolution was so important, that at least one historian thinks the 20th century officially began in 1914 and ended in 1991.
Soviet researchers studied crime through a Marxist-Leninist lens. Under Lenin, a humanitarian approach to criminality briefly emerged, but dissipated when Stalin rose to power.
George Washington’s biggest battle? With his dentures, made from hippo ivory and maybe slaves’ teeth
Washington first took the oath of office of the president of the United States with just one natural tooth remaining.
Was this a moment when humans interbred with Neanderthals?
After it became clear that the world wasn't 6,000 years old, some proposed that northern peoples had emerged independently from others.
A study proposes that an ancient trading network, called the Hopewell tradition, may have been wiped out by what is known as a cosmic airburst.
Although saying the wrong thing could often get you killed in ancient civilizations, history shows that the ideal of free speech has deep roots.