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It was growing rainforests, not humans, that killed off Southeast Asia’s giant hyenas and other megafauna

It was growing rainforests, not humans, that killed off Southeast Asia’s giant hyenas and other megafauna

Thinking of Southeast Asia today may conjure up images of dense tropical rainforests teeming with iconic jungle animals such as orangutans, tigers, and monkeys. Perhaps less well known, but just as important to these ecosystems, are a host of other large-bodied creatures: the goat-like serows 

Criticism of Western Civilisation isn’t new, it was part of the Enlightenment

Criticism of Western Civilisation isn’t new, it was part of the Enlightenment

The dueling sides in today’s cultural wars about “Western civilization” are united in one thing, at least – each is inclined to gloss over the extent to which “Western civilization” has always been deeply complex and divided. The fact that leading conservatives like Edmund Burke 

How national stereotypes killed the European dream of 19th century philosophers

How national stereotypes killed the European dream of 19th century philosophers

Nationalist politics continue to gain support across the European continent, from the UK to Italy, France, Hungary and Poland. Meanwhile, the concept of “Europe” has become a rallying cry for those who want to resist what they see as a constraining, inadequate or conservative vision 

1918 Germany Has a Warning for America

1918 Germany Has a Warning for America

Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” campaign recalls one of the most disastrous political lies of the 20th century. HAMBURG, Germany — It may well be that Germans have a special inclination to panic at specters from the past, and I admit that this alarmism annoys 

Abolishing child labor took the specter of ‘white slavery’ and the job market’s near collapse during the Great Depression

Abolishing child labor took the specter of ‘white slavery’ and the job market’s near collapse during the Great Depression

Today, U.S. laws and regulations bar kids under the age of 14 from working in most industries. Children under 17 may not work more than three hours on school days, for example. Ever wonder where these rules came from? While studying this issue for more 

BLM: almost 100 National Trust properties linked to slavery and colonialism

BLM: almost 100 National Trust properties linked to slavery and colonialism

The review reveals ‘uncomfortable truths’ behind homes owned by famous figures including Winston Churchill and Rudyard Kipling Getty Images Winston Churchill’s former residence Chartwell, near Westerham in Kent At least 93 properties under the management of the National Trust (NT) have links to slavery and 

A newly discovered sketch of Christ may belong to Leonardo Da Vinci

A newly discovered sketch of Christ may belong to Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci may be responsible for a newly found sketch that has been collecting dust for centuries, experts have revealed. The previously unknown red-chalk drawing which depicts Jesus Christ with a vacant Mona Lisa-like gaze was kept at a bank in Lombardy, Italy before 

US couple finds antique coins worth $35,000 hidden in the attic

US couple finds antique coins worth $35,000 hidden in the attic

When moving into their new home, a US couple discovered something more than just dust and cobwebs in the attic – a trove of antique coins worth almost A$35,000.James and Clarissa Mumford from South Carolina stumbled across the coins in two cases hidden in their