07 November 2013, 04:12 PM ET
On the trail of white-lipped peccaries in Brazil, researchers made an unexpected and rare discovery: cave drawings showing armadillos, birds and reptiles, etched into stone thousands of years ago.
07 November 2013, 12:55 PM ET
Pesky parasites can tell their own version of our history, including the idea that modern humans intermingled with Neanderthals and that humans may have first put on clothing before leaving Africa.
06 November 2013, 04:15 PM ET
Since Yasser Arafat died of uncertain causes in 2004, rumors have swirled that the Palestinian leader may have been assassinated. Investigators determined that Arafat's personal effects and his body contained extraordinary amounts of radioactive polonium.
06 November 2013, 02:39 PM ET
Long overshadowed by his friend Charles Darwin, Alfred Russel Wallace is finally gaining recognition as the other discoverer of evolution 100 years after his death.
05 November 2013, 12:37 PM ET
The fossil history of the platypus shows the modern platypus is just the tip of the iceberg of a diverse radiation.
05 November 2013, 11:56 AM ET
Dating back around 2,300 years ago and found in modern-day Luxor, the newfound collar may have been worn by the mummy of a wealthy undertaker. It is painted in vivid colors, designs and images that show elements of ancient Egyptian religion.
04 November 2013, 03:00 PM ET
Located in the heart of Beijing, the Forbidden City was home to the emperors of China for nearly 500 years, during China's final two imperial dynasties, the Ming Dynasty and the Qing Dynasty.
04 November 2013, 03:00 PM ET
Rather than using the wheel to transport the colossal stones for miles to the palace of China emperors in the 1500s, workers slid the building blocks on slippery paths of wet ice, according to a newfound manuscript.
04 November 2013, 01:31 PM ET
Scientists say they've found evidence that explains how the boy king died, and in the process made a shocking discovery of spontaneous combustion: After King Tut was sealed in his tomb, his mummified body caught fire and burned.
01 November 2013, 07:35 PM ET
Many theories have been suggested, running to the wildly fanciful and improbable such as proposals that the Earth’s gravity was lower in the Mesozoic Era (around 252 to 66 million years ago).
01 November 2013, 06:49 PM ET
The blending of history and legend has created a distorted image of the Jamestown leader, especially with the story of his rescue by Pocahontas.
31 October 2013, 09:10 AM ET
Though Dracula may seem like a singular creation, Stoker in fact drew inspiration from a real-life man with an equally disturbing taste for blood: Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia or — as he is better known — Vlad the Impaler (Vlad Tepes).
31 October 2013, 09:00 AM ET
During the Permian period, a jaguar-sized finback chomped the heads off ancient amphibians with impractically wide bony skulls. The death match was uncovered in a bone bed in Texas.
30 October 2013, 03:15 PM ET
This Halloween, many of those dressed as witches will be carrying broomsticks. But few likely know the shadowy tale of how witches came to be associated with those familiar household objects.
30 October 2013, 02:27 PM ET
A 9,000-year-old painting of an exploding volcano, the oldest ever found, can now be linked to real-life eruption in Turkey.
30 October 2013, 07:28 AM ET
A Viking burial in Norway contained the bodies of Viking masters and their slaves, who were probably beheaded and offered as grave gifts, new research shows.
30 October 2013, 12:47 AM ET
Voodoo is a sensationalized pop-culture caricature of voudon, an Afro-Caribbean religion originating in Haiti.
29 October 2013, 02:34 PM ET
Now scientists have used a set of these biomolecules to show one way in which life might have started. They found that these molecular machines, which exist in living cells today, don’t do much on their own.
29 October 2013, 07:58 AM ET
Inspired by a hometown link to the Nike Missiles, one man hopes to preserve a visual record of the launch sites before they vanish.
29 October 2013, 01:15 AM ET
The Forbidden City in Beijing is a palace complex that was the home of 24 Chinese emperors for 500 years. It is now a museum.
28 October 2013, 06:48 PM ET
Google Earth and air photos reveal the abandoned sites once dotted with read-to-launch Nike Ajax and Nike Hercules missiles.
25 October 2013, 03:47 PM ET
From the lab equipment of Marie Curie to the workbooks of Émilie du Châtelet, an exhibition at New York's Grolier Club gathers artifacts and manuscripts from the most significant women in science of the last 400 years.
25 October 2013, 12:43 PM ET
An exhibition at New York's Grolier Club, "Extraordinary Women in Science & Medicine: Four Centuries of Achievement," gathers artifacts and manuscripts from some of the greatest scientific minds. This image gallery features highlights from the show.
25 October 2013, 11:05 AM ET
Joint differences enabled gigantism in dinosaurs.
24 October 2013, 11:03 AM ET
A mound under a parking lot in Scotland was once the gathering site for an ancient Viking parliament, a place called the "Thing." Such parliaments were held throughout northern Europe by the Norsemen to settle legal disputes.
23 October 2013, 03:38 PM ET
Not much is known about how Renaissance cartographer Martin Waldseemüller created his 1516 "Carta marina" world map, possibly the most up-to-date conception of the world at the time. But scholar Chet Van Duzer offered a rare peek into Waldseemüller's proc
23 October 2013, 03:35 PM ET
Cartographer Martin Waldseemüller based his Carta marina on modern nautical sources.
23 October 2013, 09:31 AM ET
The text, found in the ruins of a Roman mansion in the City of David, is written in Greek and, in it a woman named Kyrilla invokes the names of six gods to cast a curse on a man named Iennys, apparently over a legal case.
23 October 2013, 09:19 AM ET
Archaeologists have discovered an ancient curse tablet in what was a Roman mansion now in the City of David in Jerusalem. A woman named Kyrilla curses a man named lennys on the tablet.
23 October 2013, 01:59 AM ET
The evil eye is a specific type of magical curse. It is believed to cause harm, illness and even death.
21 October 2013, 09:22 PM ET
Halloween has its roots in a pagan harvest festival, while different traditions were added on throughout the years.
18 October 2013, 02:12 PM ET
The English city of York has long loved Richard III, as highlighted by a 600-year-old manuscript on display for the first time. Devotees of the king oppose plans to bury his recently discovered skeleton in Leicester, arguing he should rest in York.