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Heroes in History: Mary Anning

Born into poverty on 21 May 1799, Mary Anning had to work hard from a young age. She didn’t have a formal education and was only taught to read at Sunday school. Raised in the seaside resort of Lyme Regis … Continued

Timeline: The Evolution of Charles Darwin

As the father of evolutionary biology, Charles Robert Darwin is the most famous and influential naturalists of his time, if not of all time. Dedicating his life to the study of the natural world and the processes that drive it, … Continued

Mummies and Daddies: Egyptian Family Tree Revealed

A new DNA study has revealed that a pair of ancient Egyptian mummies, known as the Two Brothers, are actually half-brothers. The priests Khnum-nakht and Nakht-ankh were discovered in Egypt during an excavation led by British archaeologist Flinders Petrie in 1907. Their tomb was … Continued

Challenger 2: Life Extension Project

The Challenger 2 is the main battle tank in service for the British Army and was designed and manufactured by BAE Systems. This military beast has a 12-cylinder, 1,200hp Perkins CV12 diesel engine, which can propel the 62,500 kg tank … Continued

How Did People Translate Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs?

The last known hieroglyphic inscription from ancient Egyptian times in the Temple of Philae in southern Egypt. It was written approximately 1600 years ago. Shortly after, this written language was lost to history forever and only lived on as the … Continued

The history of Edinburgh Castle

The scene of numerous sieges, Edinburgh Castle still stands proudly today as a symbol of military might

Buried in a bundle

Forget coffins, urns and sarcophagi, the ancient Peruvians had a very different way of burying their dead…

Driving in 1945

Would you rather drive in 1945?

Less congestion, classic cars and picturesque routes: surely we’d all prefer to drive during 1945? You’d be surprised! The following content has been supplied by Co-op insurance

History’s most gruesome inventions

Our history is spattered with evil execution methods. From the wheel to the World Wide Web, we have invented some truly ground-breaking things during our time on Earth. Yet throughout history, inventors have also been known to put their skills … Continued