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Amazing History

Amazing History

Amazing History

The world as we know it has been shaped by the past. Tools have evolved over thousands of years; species have thrived then died out; civilisations have risen and fallen. Now it's time to uncover what came before us. In Amazing History, meet the animals that ruled the roost in the prehistoric period, and find your way through the ancient Egyptian underworld. Spend some time at the Tower of London – just try not to get yourself executed – and learn how to make the best sword before discovering how warfare changed in the 20th century with the advent of the Royal Air Force and the advancement of military tanks. But our history isn't limited to Earth; take a trip to space as you learn about the launch of NASA over 60 years ago. With all this and more waiting to be revealed, it's time to turn the page and find out how we got to be where we are today.

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
One-off
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1 min.
welcome to amazing history

The world as we know it has been shaped by the past. Tools have evolved over thousands of years; species have thrived then died out; civilisations have risen and fallen. Now it's time to uncover what came before us. In Amazing History, meet the animals that ruled the roost in the prehistoric period, and find your way through the ancient Egyptian underworld. Spend some time at the Tower of London – just try not to get yourself executed – and learn how to make the best sword before discovering how warfare changed in the 20th century with the advent of the Royal Air Force and the advancement of military tanks. But our history isn't limited to Earth; take a trip to space as you learn about the launch of NASA over…

9 min.
7 history myths busted

1 “KNIGHTS HAD TO BE HOISTED ONTO THEIR HORSES” Although they look incredibly heavy, 15thcentury suits of armour weigh in at around 14-23 kilograms (31-50 pounds). Despite this, they were not difficult to move about in or mount a horse while wearing. Knights had to remain as agile as possible in order to stay combat-effective, or even just survive a melee. If armour really had been so heavy that a fallen knight could not have stood up again on his own, or been able to re-mount his horse, the smallest trip in battle would have been a death sentence. While the metal plates had to be tough enough for ample protection, they also had to be light enough for prolonged action and at least some range of movement. As such, a suit…

5 min.
frozen in time

The Earth has experienced monumental changes since it was formed some 4.5 billion years ago. It has undergone alternating phases of cooling and warming, and this swinging between extremes of temperature dramatically changed the ecosystem. It brought about mass extinctions and the chance for new species to evolve in their place. The animals that ceased to exist left impressions, from partial footprints to intact fossilised skeletons. In some circumstances, however, animals of the past found their way into environments that preserved their entire bodies while the rest of the species rotted away. One excellent method of animal preservation is freezing. Cold weather grinds the speed of organic decomposition to a halt by preventing the growth of bacteria that would otherwise feed on the decaying flesh. Temperatures were five to 22 degrees…

1 min.
tollund man

A man was discovered in a bog near the Danish town of Tollund in such good condition that he was initially believed to be a recent murder victim. The body had been lying in rest for some 2,300 years, still dressed in primitive clothing. He appeared to indeed have been murdered, but the culprits themselves were long dead. Peat bogs may have been ancient grounds of burial or even ritual sacrifice. ‘Tollund Man’ was found with a braided leather cord wrapped tightly around his neck, and it’s unclear whether he was hanged or strangled. The absence of trees across stretches of bog may have made people feel a connection to the heavens and therefore made it a place of religious significance.…

1 min.
five incredible ice mummies

Sasha This woolly rhino baby was the first young member of its species ever found. It’s unclear if it is male or female, but the horn size suggests it had been weaned by the time it died. It roamed the mammoth steppe, a dry, cold region from Spain to Siberia. Lion or lynx A squashed, mummified cat was unearthed in eastern Siberia in 2017. It could either be a lynx kitten or a cave lion cub. Its coat is in beautiful condition, but we aren't sure of the species as we simply don’t know what a cave lion truly looked like. Death by drowning Mammoths from 40,000 years ago have been studied via CT scans. The results showed that two calves, recovered from different regions of Siberia, had both choked on mud. They otherwise appeared…

3 min.
titanic rhino ancestors

Appearing over the horizon or emerging from a patch of trees, Paraceratherium would be an intimidating and somewhat confusing sight to a modern observer: with the height of a dinosaur and the leathery skin of an elephant, it wouldn’t be immediately apparent what these creatures were. Paraceratherium, scientists now know, was a genus of giant rhino. The group contained towering beasts standing almost five metres (16 feet) tall at the shoulder and potentially weighing 20,000 kilograms (22 tons). Its members lived across Eurasia during the Oligocene epoch, between 34 and 23 million years ago, and were so far back in the branches of the rhino family tree that they predate the evolution of the facial horn. Paraceratherium’s exact height isn’t agreed on because the fossils that form our knowledge of the genus…