Lock of hair from Duke of Wellington’s Waterloo war horse sold at auction

Lock of hair from Duke of Wellington’s Waterloo war horse sold at auction

A lock of hair from the celebrated war horse Copenhagen, which carried the Duke of Wellington continuously for 16 hours during the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, was sold today at auction.

From slave to emperor – 10 remarkable rises to power from humble beginnings

From slave to emperor – 10 remarkable rises to power from humble beginnings

Exceptionally capable or exceptionally lucky, here are 10 individuals who broke through the shackles of slavery and serfdom to reach the throne of kingdoms and empires.

Prehistoric mass grave reveals massacre of 26 villagers in ancient Europe

Prehistoric mass grave reveals massacre of 26 villagers in ancient Europe

The chance discovery of a pit full of battered skeletons from one of Europe’s earliest farming communities has revealed how they met a violent end 7,000 years ago.

Proving descent from Antiquity – the ultimate challenge for genealogists

Proving descent from Antiquity – the ultimate challenge for genealogists

We know with absolute certainty that everyone alive today descends from people who lived in antiquity – the mission impossible is to prove it with verified genealogical records.

A Mother’s Love – 4,000-year-old skeletons of mother and child killed by earthquake in ‘China’s Pompeii’

A Mother’s Love – 4,000-year-old skeletons of mother and child killed by earthquake in ‘China’s Pompeii’

Found locked in a loving embrace, the skeletons of a mother and child uncovered in central China were victims of a powerful earthquake that hit Qinghai province around 2000 BC.

Genetic portrait of the English-speaking world

Genetic portrait of the English-speaking world

DNA studies of populations in Britain, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand reflect thousands of years of Anglosphere history.

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What genealogist hasn’t felt a thrill unearthing an old photo of a forgotten ancestor with a distinct family resemblance? DNA never forgets. Here are some examples of resemblance across generations.

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Earth's History in 1 Minute - 4½ billion years in a 1 minute video

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