Death of George the tree snail marked the first extinction of 2019
15 January 2019
George's death is a reminder that snail populations are crashing all over the world.
The rise and fall of the Inca Empire is recorded in llama poo
9 January 2019
The number of microorganisms linked with llama droppings gives clues about the Inca.
Shark evolution: a 450 million year timeline
13 December 2018
Evolving before trees and weathering five mass extinctions, sharks are true survivors.
Towns and cities benefit the same animals and plants everywhere
5 December 2018
Rats and pigeons are thriving, but unique species are disappearing.
Steller's sea cow: the first historical extinction of marine mammal at human hands
30 November 2018
Unusually for a modern mammal, we know little of it from a true natural history perspective.
Australopithecus afarensis, Lucy's species
29 November 2018
Australopithecus afarensis is one of the best-known early human relatives thanks to an extraordinary fossil called Lucy.
Attenborosaurus: a celebrity reptile
27 November 2018
This long-necked skeleton is Attenborosaurus, an extinct marine reptile named after legendary broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.
The Siberian unicorn lived at the same time as modern humans
26 November 2018
It likely went extinct at around the same time as Neanderthals.
Darwin's giant ground sloth skull pieced together and scanned for the first time
23 November 2018
Half of the skull was lost for over a century.
What was Megatherium?
22 November 2018
Darwin collected fossils of these ancient giant sloths when he visited South America.
Chimpanzees are at risk of being eaten into extinction
9 November 2018
Hunting for meat is now a serious threat to the species' survival.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: the uncertain future of China's primates
16 October 2018
Some species have fewer than 30 individuals left alive.
Homo erectus, our ancient ancestor
7 November 2018
Learn about the longest-surviving human species, which was also the first known to leave Africa.
Half the world's killer whales may go extinct within 50 years
28 September 2018
Refuges in the Arctic may help save the species.
The UN is aiming to protect the last remaining ocean wilderness
11 September 2018
Is this enough to save the world's oceans?
Homo naledi, your most recently discovered human relative
5 September 2018
Meet your long-lost relative and find out why their discovery has had such an impact on our family tree.
Megalodon: the truth about the largest shark that ever lived
6 August 2018
Just how big was megalodon and could this giant predator still be lurking in the dark depths of the ocean?
How an asteroid ended the age of the dinosaurs
13 June 2018
Sixty-six million years ago dinosaurs had the ultimate bad day.
Measuring the teeth of an ancient reptile
Scientists have peered inside the tooth of the extinct reptile Eilenodon.
Watch a pterosaur fly
8 June 2018
This animal is Anhanguera, a flying reptile that lived with the dinosaurs. Have a look at how it might have flown.
A Stegosaurus brought to life
4 June 2018
Watch a virtual Stegosaurus walk around as Sir David Attenborough explains how this dinosaur would have moved.
Could scientists bring dinosaurs back to life?
30 May 2018
Is a mosquito trapped in amber really the way to bring dinosaurs back from the dead?
Why are birds the only surviving dinosaurs?
23 May 2018
Watch our animation to find out.
The origins of a deadly disease that's killing amphibians
10 May 2018
A deadly fungus has been devastating populations of amphibians all over the world - but no one knew where it began until now.
Out of the woodwork: the great capricorn beetle
11 June 2018
Meet the beetles that were unexpectedly found in Cambridgeshire, despite having been extinct in Britain for thousands of years.
360° fossil-hunting adventure
4 May 2018
Go on a virtual fossil hunt along Charmouth Beach.
The giant fossil mammals that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution
9 April 2018
In the 1830s, Darwin made a series of discoveries in South America: the mysterious remains of extinct mammals.
What was Toxodon?
This large extinct mammal proved a puzzle for Charles Darwin when he first came across it.
White rhino Sudan dies: is all hope lost for this subspecies?
20 March 2018
Mammal expert Richard Sabin explains how a subspecies extinction could affect rhino evolution.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: The brutal reality of rhino poaching
17 October 2017
Explore the conservation issues behind this year's winning image.
Could giraffes become extinct?
2 February 2017
Mammals expert Richard Sabin explains why giraffe numbers have plummeted in the past 15 years.
Fossil shells reveal how ancient animals survived global warming
11 November 2016
Ancient marine fossils are providing new insights into Earth's biggest mass extinction.
Prehistoric teeth unlock clues to mammoth diets
31 October 2016
Museum scientists have reconstructed the diets of extinct mammals in Britain, thanks to a new way of analysing fossilised teeth.
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.
Oldest insect camouflage behaviour revealed by fossils
28 June 2016
Rare insect fossils preserved in amber have revealed the camouflaging technique of carrying debris dates back more than 100 million years.
World's most complete dodo skeleton revealed with 3D technology
12 April 2016
The first virtual models of the world's most complete dodo skeletons will allow scientists to investigate this extinct bird in new ways.
Welsh 'dragon thief' is oldest known Jurassic dinosaur
25 January 2016
An unusual fossil find in south Wales has led to the discovery of a new dinosaur species.
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.
First adult Neanderthal skull
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
Many of us carry around two per cent Neanderthal DNA in our genes. Prof Chris Stringer discusses why and what it means.