The simulation gave researchers some of the first concrete data linking climate change to human evolution and speciation.
The Mayan calendar is revered for its impeccable accuracy. Now, a recent excavation in Guatemala reveals how the system developed over time.
A toxicological study shows that the victims of human sacrifice consumed coca leaves and ayahuasca before they were killed, but not for reasons we originally thought.
The underground burial tombs were used at least as far back as 2500 B.C.
"Immodest Acts" tells the story of Benedetta Carlini, a lesbian nun who claimed to be a mystic visionary but failed to convince the leaders of her faith.
Benjamin Franklin's lightning rod saved countless lives, but some religious leaders denounced his invention.
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.
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.
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.