Visit the creatures here at the Museum

Check out some of the extinct creatures featured in David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive 3D and where you can see them in the Museum.

David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive

Sir David brings his favourite dinosaurs, ice age beasts and giant reptiles back from extinction using CGI in the 90-minute Sky 3D TV programme.

Much of the action takes place in and around the Museum's famous Hintze Hall (formerly the Central Hall).

Archaeopteryx

Archaeopteryx, meaning ‘ancient wing’, is one of the most famous fossils ever discovered and the Museum's most valuable specimen. 

With the feathers of a bird and the teeth, claws and tail of a reptile, this 150-million-year-old fossil is the evolutionary link between dinosaurs and birds.

See this fossil of the earliest bird in the Treasures Cadogan Gallery.

Find out more about Archaeopteryx.

Mastodon

The American Mastodon, Mammut americanum, is a relative of the mammoth and the African and Asian elephants we know today. 

It died out at the end of the Pleistocene era, around 13,000 years ago.

Find our mastodon skeleton in the Mammals (Blue whale) gallery.

Dodo

Despite its fame, few people actually observed or recorded the dodo, Raphus cucullatus, when it was alive. 

Hunting by humans, and the introduction to Mauritius of cats, deer and pigs, led to the dodo's extinction within 100 years of its discovery in 1598.

We have models of the dodo in our Birds gallery, a reconstructed skeleton in Treasures and paintings in Images of Nature.

Find out more about the dodo.

Giant ground sloth

Glossotherium is a giant ground sloth that died out in the Pleistocene era, around 12,000 years ago. It lived in South America and fed on plant material. 

At 4 metres long and weighing 1,000 kilograms, it had few natural predators to contend with.

Our Glossotherium skeleton stands firm in one of the Hintze Hall (formerly the Central Hall) bays.

Smilodon

Sabre-toothed cats, Smilodon fatalis, went extinct about 13,000 years ago, probably due to a combination of the warming of the global climate following the last ice age and human migration.

Our sabre-toothed cat can be seen in the Mammals gallery.

Ichthyosaur

Ichthyosaurus, meaning ‘fish-lizard’, originated in the Early Triassic, some 250 million years ago, and evolved into a huge variety of forms and sizes. 

They were the dominant predators of the ocean at the same time that dinosaurs ruled the land.

See ichthyosaur fossils in the Fossil Marine Reptiles gallery.

Diplodocus

Diplodocus was one of the largest known dinosaurs when it was discovered in the badlands near Wyoming in the late 1800s, during a competitive period of archaeological digs known as the 'bone wars'.

Our Diplodocus skeleton cast, affectionately known as Dippy, presides over visitors in the Hintze Hall (formerly the Central Hall).

Find out more about Dippy.

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