• Could giraffes become extinct?

    2 February 2017

    Mammals expert Richard Sabin explains why giraffe numbers have plummeted in the past 15 years.

  • The lost world of the dodo

    7 October 2016

    Avian palaeontologist Dr Julian Hume explains why we still have much to learn about the lifestyle of the dodo.


    First adult Neanderthal skull

    17 December 2015

    Listen to the tale of the first adult Neanderthal skull unearthed and what we've uncovered about our close relative in the past 160 years.


    The Neanderthal in us

    17 December 2015

    Many of us carry around two per cent Neanderthal DNA in our genes. Prof Chris Stringer discusses why and what it means.


    Tracing our genetic ancestry

    17 December 2015

    Our DNA offers us the chance to look into our ancient past. Discover what six celebrities learned when they had their DNA analysed.


    The origin of our species

    13 December 2015

    Take a tour through seven million years of human evolution and explore the origin of Homo sapiens.

  • The last of the mammoths

    11 August 2015

    Were woolly mammoths a victim of hunting by humans or did their extinction have more to do with an apparent fondness for buttercups?