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  • You might have heard of the extinct giant #moa and Haast’s eagle? Well, #NewZealand's unique mergansers deserve the same recognition. New research uncovers the mysterious origins of these extinct, fish-eating #ducks and their migration from the northern hemisphere.

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    Extinct Duck's Ancient DNA Shows How Birds Migrated to Make New Zealand Home

    Extinct Duck's Ancient DNA Shows How Birds Migrated to Make New Zealand Home

    By Nic Rawlence & Alexander Verry/The Conversation Ask a bird lover if they have heard of the extinct giant moa or its ancient predator, Haast’s eagle, …

  • Discover the rich and tumultuous history of the Anglo-Scottish border in this extract from John Sadler's latest book, "The Hot Trod: A History of the Anglo-Scottish Border." Dive into a world where the rugged reivers, fierce battles, and enduring legacies of the past still resonate today. From the decisive Battle of Flodden to the wild legends of Hermitage Castle, this offers a captivating journey through centuries of conflict and culture.

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    The Hot Trod: A History of the Anglo-Scottish Border

    The Hot Trod: A History of the Anglo-Scottish Border

    Here are two peoples almost identical in blood – the same language and religion; and yet a few years of quarrelsome isolation – in comparison with …

  • Archaeologists have #uncovered new information about the life and death of a young Iron Age woman in #Dorset who looks to have been murdered, perhaps, the researchers believe, as a human #sacrifice.

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    Archaeologists Discover Iron Age Murder Victim In England

    Archaeologists Discover Iron Age Murder Victim In England

    Archaeologists have uncovered new information about the life and death of a young Iron Age woman in Dorset who they believe could have been murdered …

  • For the #Aztecs food wasn’t just about sustenance, it was a way of life. The #exotic ingredients and unique flavors that defined Aztec cuisine went from maize to hallucinogens. Did you know the significance of #chocolate went beyond its modern sweetness and the role of turkeys and frog legs in their innovative cuisine?

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    Beyond Maize: Hallucinogens and Frog Legs Defined Aztec Cuisine (Video)

    Beyond Maize: Hallucinogens and Frog Legs Defined Aztec Cuisine (Video)

    The Aztec civilization, flourishing between 500-600 years ago in Central Mexico, had a rich and distinctive culinary tradition that reflected their …

  • The Historia Augusta proves that fake news is nothing new. Nevertheless, this ancient text really takes it to another level. While presenting itself as a serious collection of imperial #biographies, it is actually a labyrinth of deceit filled with #bizarre fabrications, including a series of imaginary #Roman emperors.

    From swimming in pools of floating apples and melons to deflowering a hundred virgins, #explore the motivations behind these fantastical creations—are they cautionary tales, moral lessons, or simply the products of an author's whimsy?

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    Imaginary Roman Emperors Grace the Pages of the Historia Augusta

    Imaginary Roman Emperors Grace the Pages of the Historia Augusta

    The Historia Augusta presents a carnival of outlandish stories that have puzzled historians for centuries. But these bizarre fabrications are not …

  • The #Roman legionary was a formidable fighting #soldier. Well trained and well equipped, he was instantly recognizable by his #armor, which elevated him to an indestructible killing machine.

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    Roman Armor, the Backbone of the Ferocious Roman Warrior

    Roman Armor, the Backbone of the Ferocious Roman Warrior

    Rome created an empire that was amongst the most powerful in the ancient world. But conquering half of the known world was no easy task, and it …