History

Was Shangdong Province Once Home to Near-Giants?

5,000 years ago, people were much shorter than they are today. It’s estimated that the average European height then was about 5’5”. So the giant skeletons found in southeast China are somewhat shocking: These folks seem to have been nearly 6’ tall, with one reaching 6’3”. Even today, the average height in the region...

‘Star’ in Lord Byron Poem Finally Identified

Some crafty celestial sleuthing has helped astronomers identify the "star" that inspired Lord Byron's famous poem "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage." Astronomer Donald Olson, a physics professor at Texas State University, found that the star Byron describes in his poem as being next to the moon is not actually a star at all. Rather, it's the biggest planet...

Secret Tunnel Discovered Beneath the Ancient Temple of the Moon

A secret passageway discovered near the Pyramid of the Moon in the ancient city of Teotihuacan may have been a way for the people there to emulate the underworld, archaeologists said. Scans of what appears to be a hidden underground tunnel show that the cavity extends from the center of the Plaza of the Moon...

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