Why Asian hornets are bad news for British bees
4 October 2018
A Museum expert explains how this invasive species could cause big problems for beekeepers in Britain.
Types of meteorites
24 September 2018
Falling from the sky in a blaze of glory, meteorites certainly know how to make an entrance, and the stories they tell span the history of our solar system.
Wold Cottage: the stone that proved meteorites come from space
29 August 2018
When an unusual rock fell to Earth in 1795, it prompted the first large-scale investigation into the origin of meteorites.
There's more to birdsong than meets the ears
27 August 2018
Would a pigeon in London sound the same as a pigeon in Birmingham?
Daniel Solander: a Linnaean disciple on HMS Endeavour
24 August 2018
Meet the Swedish botanist who ventured around the world on Captain Cook's pivotal first voyage.
Vicious Velociraptor: tales of a turkey-sized dinosaur
8 August 2018
Movie star, established brawler and owner of a killer claw, Velociraptor has quite a reputation.
Beyond Jurassic World: what we really know about dinosaurs and how
25 June 2018
What's the next best thing to studying prehistoric dinosaurs in the flesh?
Why we love Jurassic World 2 (even though it's wrong)
22 June 2018
Dinosaur researcher Dr David Button reviews Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
How an asteroid ended the age of the dinosaurs
13 June 2018
Sixty-six million years ago dinosaurs had the ultimate bad day.
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 do some butterflies and moths have eyespots?
29 May 2018
Discover how some species effectively use their colourful wings to deter predators.
Debunking dinosaur myths and movie misconceptions
23 May 2018
Not everything you've been led to believe about dinosaurs is true.
Flies are saving your chocolate cravings
14 May 2018
Bees' pollinating prowess often overshadows many of the insects working just as hard them.
The sting of love
30 April 2018
Meet some of the animals whose search for a mate may actually be physically painful.
Sunday Stone: recording England's coal mining past
27 April 2018
No bigger than a smartphone, this remarkable rock has layers that tell the story of the working lives and hardships of miners in the 1800s.
A gardener's guide to butterfly-friendly plants
Find out which plants will encourage colourful visitors to your garden.
Survival at the ocean's hot springs
15 August 2018
Oceans are crucial for life on Earth - but did it begin at a hydrothermal vent?
The platypus puzzle
19 March 2018
Watch Dr Ronald Jenner explore the venomous puzzle that the platypus poses.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: cats on camera
2 March 2018
View a selection of 10 unforgettable photographs of big cats spanning nearly 20 years of Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
Women in science and research at the Natural History Museum
1 March 2018
Female researchers are helping to answer some of the biggest questions about life on Earth.
Dorothea Bate: a Natural History Museum pioneer
Meet the trailblazer who was one of the first women employed as a scientist by the Museum.
Heroes of the green seas
26 February 2018
Earth may be the blue planet, but beneath the ocean waves lies a vast forest of green.
Bringing a Neanderthal to life: the making of our model
17 February 2018
Discover the science and art involved in making the Museum's Neanderthal and early modern human models.
Cheddar Man: Mesolithic Britain's blue-eyed boy
18 April 2018
What did humans in Britain look like 10,000 years ago?
Smiling for the camera
22 January 2018
Appearing to flash a toothy grin, this hammerhead seems eager to show that sharks aren't as fearsome they're often made out to be.
Where the wild moose are
12 January 2018
Photographer Ryan Miller shares what it's like to get candid shots of Alaska's city-going moose.
Alice Roberts: How the Museum has inspired me
11 January 2018
TV presenter, author and academic Alice Roberts shares memories of the Museum and how it influenced her fascination with human evolution.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: underwater photographers in the field
21 December 2017
Find out what it takes to get the most challenging underwater shots for Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
The cannibals of Gough's Cave
15 December 2017
Dr Silvia Bello tells us about the gruesome yet fascinating behaviour of people living in a Somerset cave 14,700 years ago.
Unearth the one-million-year story of humans in Britain and their struggle to survive in a changing land.
Just how bad is the world's plastic problem?
7 December 2017
Plastic is everywhere - even the deepest parts of the ocean are now awash with it.
Britain's biggest Jurassic dinosaurs
4 May 2018
What were the largest dinosaurs in Britain 200-145 million years ago? And why were they so big?
Highlighting coral reefs at risk
1 December 2017
What can antique corals reveal about the impact of climate change on the ocean?
When worlds collide: the lesson of the great auk
16 May 2018
The demise of the great auk is a lesson in what can happen when human greed runs rampant.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: the turkey that builds its own 'oven'
23 November 2017
Find out more about the fascinating behaviour of the Australian brush turkey.
Nudibranchs: psychedelic thieves of the sea
16 November 2017
Meet the brightly coloured sea slugs committing serial stinging-cell crimes.
Can sponges cure cancer?
10 November 2017
Sponges are unsung heroes for thousands living with chronic illnesses.
Meet the monster whose bite is saving lives
6 November 2017
Find out how the Gila monster's venom has the ability to save lives.
Life in the Jurassic ocean
3 November 2017
What was the ocean like when dinosaurs roamed the Earth?
What happens when whales die?
Discover how in death, whales can sustain life for decades.
Bite or be bitten
1 November 2017
Venom and poison can both be deadly, but they're two distinct natural weapons.
Five surprisingly venomous animals
27 October 2017
Find out about five animals that you might not expect to be venomous
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: portraits of personality
26 October 2017
Learn about the challenges wildlife photographers like David Lloyd face when capturing animal portraits.
What is ocean acidification?
24 October 2017
Professor Richard Twitchett explains what a more acidic ocean could mean for the future of marine life.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: The brutal reality of rhino poaching
17 October 2017
Explore the conservation issues behind this year's winning image.
The spectacled porpoise: a scientific debut
13 October 2017
The spectacled porpoise is one of the least understood cetaceans of all, so there is a lot to learn from the Museum's new specimen.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: the reality of a sewage surfer
20 September 2017
Sewage surfer is a stark reminder of the wide-reaching impact humans have on the planet, and particularly its small inhabitants.
First look: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 53
12 September 2017
Discover the stories behind the images in a first look at the fifty-third Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.
The most painful wasp sting in the world explained
7 September 2017
Armed with one of the most painful stings on the planet, tarantula hawks are a spider's worst nightmare.
Whale sculptures: capturing sea creatures in art
4 September 2017
Meet the artist behind the whale-form sculptures in the exhibition Whales: Beneath the surface.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: what makes a winner?
22 August 2017
As judging begins to crown the next Wildlife Photographer of the Year, we look back at the shots that made competition history.
What do whales eat for dinner?
The ocean offers a range of dining options.
Whales in the womb
21 August 2017
A series of perfectly-preserved humpback whale foetuses reveal how whales grow before they're born.
Dinosaur Q&A: What was Chilesaurus diegosuarezi?
17 August 2017
This dinosaur has a strange combination of body parts. Museum expert Prof Paul Barrett explains why.
In pictures: whales, dolphins and dugongs
9 August 2017
See award-winning shots capturing life in the ocean.
When whales walked on four legs
8 August 2017
Early ancestors of the ocean's biggest animals once walked on land. Follow their extraordinary journey from shore to sea.
The art of preserving a fish
3 August 2017
Find out how Museum scientists used a new technique to preserve this enormous blue marlin forever.
Killer whale behaviour shows granny knows best
1 August 2017
Research on communities of killer whales reveals there might be more to menopause than simply old age.
The heavy metal rock bands charting life on early Earth
26 July 2017
The touchable, wavy folds of this rock tell a story as old as life on Earth.
Oceans under the microscope
20 July 2017
Our oceans are changing fast. Find out how Museum collections are helping scientists to understand the future of marine life.
104 years of collecting whales
19 July 2017
What happens to stranded whales? And how can they be useful for research?
Often imitated: Henry Bates and the butterflies of the Amazon
6 July 2017
A special collection of butterfly specimens at the Museum helps tell a tale of extraordinary adventure and scientific insight.
Missouri Leviathan: The making of an American mastodon
5 July 2017
From touring spectacle to Museum star: hear the hidden history behind this ancient mammal skeleton.
The search for the real Iguanodon
3 July 2017
Discover how Iguanodon's true identity was finally revealed.
A blue whale's banquet
30 June 2017
Rare drone footage could prove vital for research into the meals of the largest animals on the planet.
The Thames whale: a celebrity specimen back on display
25 June 2017
See the skeleton of the Thames whale ten years after it caused a stir by swimming up London's river.
Life in the pod: the social lives of whales
10 September 2018
Why do whales sing? Scientists have only just begun to decipher the meaning of these underwater melodies.
Minerals: sparkling, sensitive and toxic
12 June 2017
Minerals may look tough, but getting these crystals from ground to display case needs a very steady hand.
Analysing the bones: what can a skeleton tell you?
31 May 2017
How scrutinising a person's bones and teeth can disclose who they were, how they lived and even how they died.
A history of burial in London
How has London buried its dead over the past 5,000 years?
How do coloured diamonds form?
28 April 2017
Explore the science behind the Aurora Pyramid of Hope, an unrivalled collection of 296 coloured diamonds.
Secrets of the deepest diving whales
25 April 2017
Beaked whales can dive 2,000 metres below the ocean's surface. Why and how do they do it?
Why is taxidermy still valuable?
20 April 2017
A bird curator discusses how and why taxidermy is still bringing nature to life.
The Imilac meteorite: a gem as old as the solar system
18 April 2017
Dr Caroline Smith sheds light on the secrets this rock holds about the formation of our own planet.
What's wrong with these dinosaurs?
13 April 2017
These popular dinosaur reconstructions from the 1960s are no longer scientifically accurate. Can you spot the errors?
Sensational Butterflies: bringing the jungle to London
31 March 2017
Find out how we prepare the tropical butterfly house and keep the hundreds of butterflies soaring.
Mumbai's leopards caught on camera
28 March 2017
Big cats prowl the centre of India's largest city. Photographer Nayan Khanolkar is documenting their extraordinary lives.
Nature on our doorstep: the art of British natural history
17 March 2017
For more than 300 years, Britain's wildlife has captivated scientists and artists alike.
Weirdly wonderful: redisplaying cabinets of curiosities
16 March 2017
Resin deer lungs, a warthog and a pterosaur fossil are just a few of the curious specimens to be found in the new Hintze Hall.
The blue whale: scanning the largest animal on Earth
9 March 2017
Scanning and 3D-modelling the skeleton of a blue whale is an enormous undertaking.
Women in wildlife photography
8 March 2017
Meet the female photographers documenting wildlife and conservation issues across the globe.
Nine wildlife photography tips for beginners
6 March 2017
Getting into wildlife photography? Boost your game with hints from Wildlife Photographer of the Year finalists.
The whale story: a delight to the eye
2 March 2017
One man forever changed the way curators showcase their largest and most eye-catching specimens – including blue whales.
Pangolins in pictures
16 February 2017
Wildlife Photographer of the Year finalists document the desperate story of the pangolin.
Moths and bats: An evolutionary war
Dr Ian Kitching explores the 60-million-year evolutionary arms race between moths and bats.
The fight to save the world's ecosystems
14 February 2017
Deforestation has slashed species diversity in ecosystems on land. But how can we stop further losses?
Could giraffes become extinct?
2 February 2017
Mammals expert Richard Sabin explains why giraffe numbers have plummeted in the past 15 years.
Indexing Earth's wonders: a history of the Museum
17 April 2018
Find out how new developments will build on the Museum's history as an index of the natural world.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: People's Choice winner
20 January 2017
Mario Cea's image of a diving kingfisher has won this year's People's Choice Award.
The whale story: Richard Owen
19 January 2017
Discover how whales were at the heart of the original proposal for a museum of natural history in Britain.
The giant sequoia: preserving a slice of natural history
12 January 2017
How do you conserve an ancient wedge of giant tree? With solvent, buckets of resin and a lot of patience.
Marengo: a warhorse's makeover
4 January 2017
Watch a Museum conservator reposition the delicate skeleton of Napoleon's horse, Marengo.
Snow monkeys: huddling with Japanese macaques
22 December 2016
In Japan's freezing forests, snow monkeys crouch together for warmth. Photographer Thomas Kokta went to visit.
On the trail of polar bears
10 December 2016
Wildlife photographer Daisy Gilardini documents the lives of polar bear cubs in some of the most brutal temperatures on Earth.
How to clean a Diplodocus
1 December 2016
Cleaning Dippy the dinosaur takes more than a quick flick with a duster. Exhibition specialist Helen Walker talks us through it.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: a battle in the trees
18 November 2016
It took days of patience followed by seconds of magic for Ganesh Shankar to capture this clash between bird and lizard.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: dancing on the Danube
3 November 2016
Photographer Imre Potyó had just a few hours to document the extraordinary last flight of the Danube mayfly.
Rainbow nature: life in bold black and white
24 October 2016
Black or white, or combinations of both, adorn some of nature's most charismatic creatures.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 52: the winners
18 October 2016
This year's Grand title winner captures the vast yet fragile beauty of the Earth's rainforests.
How to resurrect a sea dragon
14 October 2016
A new virtual reality experience uses the bones of a sea dragon to recreate life in Jurassic waters.
Art and science reflections on colour
11 October 2016
Join a group of scientists and artists as they reflect on colour and vision in nature and beyond, how our individual experiences differ, and the impact of technology.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: rethinking our wild cities
20 October 2017
When the city goes to bed, it's playtime for the metropolitan fox. It's also the moment photographer Sam Hobson picks up his camera.
Colour in the collections: reindeer eye
10 October 2016
Discover one of the more unusual colourful specimens at the Museum: a colour-changing marvel that transformed with the seasons.
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.
Can you spot the hidden animals that use cunning camouflage?
5 October 2016
Take a look at these photos and see whether millions of years of evolution will outwit you.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Snorkelling with orcas
4 October 2016
Photographer Audun Rikardsen describes his 18-month mission to document orcas feeding in cold Norwegian fjords.
Rainbow nature: life in proud pink
3 October 2016
While we humans associate pink with romance, in the natural world it can be a warning or part of an elaborate disguise.
Eat insects, save the world
28 September 2016
Insects aren't just an unusual accompaniment to wine - eating them could help sustain Earth's booming population.
Rainbow nature: life in majestic purple
12 September 2016
An exotic colour at the far end of our visible spectrum and often associated with royalty, purple is relatively rare in nature.
Capturing colour: the art of scientific illustration
1 September 2016
Colour is a challenge to preserve in Museum collections. What can curators do when it fades?
First look: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 52
31 August 2016
Discover the stories behind the images in a first look at this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.
Colour in the collections: Blaschka glass models
26 August 2016
Tiny, delicate and beautiful, the Blaschka models capture the ethereal mystery of the deep sea.
Rainbow nature: the glory of green
15 August 2016
Green is the quintessential colour of nature - of parks, gardens and forests, and a reminder of the life-giving power of plants.
Amazing eyes: 17 vision champions
5 August 2016
Meet the creatures with the most crafty, strange and sophisticated eyes in the animal kingdom.
Rainbow nature: life in dazzling yellow
1 August 2016
The colour of sunlight, gold and daffodils, yellow is often associated with warmth and optimism.
Spotlight: great orange tip
28 July 2016
The great orange tip fights for survival by borrowing the outfit of a much deadlier creature.
Rainbow nature: wildlife in ravishing red
21 July 2016
Crimson and scarlet hues in nature often carry an important message.
Nature's Olympians: record-breaking butterflies
They could beat a horse in a race and survive a blizzard. No challenge is too big for these record-breaking butterflies.
Toxic talents of Britain's cyanide moths
14 July 2016
Drowsy caterpillars are transforming into moths with a cunning skill - producing their own cyanide.
Eyes on the prize: the evolution of vision
7 July 2016
Museum scientists are investigating Earth's earliest eyes with exceptional fossils.
Rainbow nature: life in brilliant blue
4 July 2016
From ocean to sky, blue is seemingly everywhere - but it's one of the most difficult colours for nature to produce using pigments.
Body snatchers: eaten alive by parasitic wasps
30 June 2016
Delve into the dark world of parasitic wasps and discover their grisly takeovers of living caterpillars.
Spotlight: citrus swallowtail
23 June 2016
It looks like bird droppings on a leaf, but don't be fooled: it's a caterpillar in disguise.
Butterfly wings: the science behind the colour
16 June 2016
Masters of disguise, butterflies can look like animal faces, rolled-up leaves and even snakes. Explore their kaleidoscopic world.
Rainbow nature: most colourful creatures
15 June 2016
Meet some of the brightest and boldest creatures in the animal kingdom, where colour is a matter of life and death.
Diamondback moths: an epic journey
9 June 2016
Miniscule moths are using the power of wind to soar over oceans and continents.
Spotlight: the tree nymph
3 June 2016
The gentle tree nymph has a reputation for being slow and sleepy - but an unexpected toxin lies within its wings.
1 June 2016
Meet the pesky parasites with some surprising benefits.
Which parasite has the weirdest way of life? Have your say.
26 May 2016
Check out the amazing survival strategies of parasites from the Museum collections and vote for the strangest.
The tiniest moths in the world
9 February 2017
Discover the microscopic dimensions of the smallest moths on the planet.
Spotlight: the atlas moth
18 May 2016
One of the goliaths of the insect world, the atlas moth is a gentle giant – but behind every oversized moth is a very hungry caterpillar.
Love is in the air: how butterflies date
12 May 2016
For most butterflies, finding a mate to share their short lives with is their most important mission.
How our solar system was born
9 May 2016
Discover how a giant interstellar cloud known as the solar nebula gave birth to our solar system and everything in it.
Hidden treasures above our heads
24 April 2016
It is a detail that most Museum visitors miss, but the Hintze Hall ceiling is a work of art in itself.
Scanning the skies for shooting stars
23 April 2016
Last year, the Museum switched on a CCTV camera with a difference - instead of filming people, this one records the night sky.
Judging Wildlife Photographer of the Year
21 April 2016
Step backstage into the judging room of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition.
Spotlight: the zebra butterfly
20 April 2016
The greedy zebra butterfly's protein-rich diet of pollen is fuelling its remarkably long lifespan.
How to attract butterflies to your garden
11 April 2016
Filling your garden with insects will make your flowerbeds beautiful and support biodiversity. Ecologist Larissa Cooper explains how.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: risking it all under the ice
8 April 2016
Deep beneath the waves in Antarctica, photographer Jordi Chias had just five minutes to get his perfect shot.
Spotlight: the blue morpho
6 April 2016
Gleaming in the air, the iridescent blue morpho protects itself from predators using the power of light.
Shooting stars: How to photograph the night sky
24 March 2016
Anyone can capture the majesty of the galaxy with a simple camera. All you need is a dark, clear night and the willingness to have a go.
Eight ingredients for life in space
23 March 2016
By studying how organisms survive and thrive on Earth, scientists have identified key ingredients that appear to be essential for life.
Adventures of the world's oldest butterflies
19 March 2016
Discover the explorers responsible for the oldest butterfly collection in existence.
How dinosaurs evolved into birds
The humble pigeon is a distant relative of the mighty T. rex.
Seeing the beauty in your own back garden
26 February 2016
Wildlife photographer Ugo Mellone reveals why the key to capturing a shot to be proud of is closer than you think.
How we became human
17 February 2016
What features make us human? And where, when and why did they evolve?
The tiny robot spying on life underwater
5 February 2016
Dr Adrian Glover tells us how an underwater robot has opened a treasure trove of opportunities for scientific observation.
Butterflies unlocking our climate's secrets
2 February 2016
Climate change is having a dramatic effect on the lives of British butterflies - researcher Steve Brooks explains why.
In search of new species in wild Colombia
Join Dr Blanca Huertas, Senior Curator of butterflies, as she travels to remote Colombia to study butterflies and moths.
Art highlights by two masters of scientific illustration
26 February 2017
Exquisite watercolours from the Museum collections showcase the pioneering work of the talented Bauer brothers.
King of the swingers
6 January 2016
An image of langurs in Bandipur National Park has won this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year People's Choice Award.
Dippy: this is your life
9 February 2018
As we prepare to send the Diplodocus on a UK tour, we take a look back at his origins and time on display.
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 origin of our species
13 December 2015
Take a tour through seven million years of human evolution and explore the origin of Homo sapiens.
Portrait of a planetary scientist
7 December 2015
Peering into our solar system's origins with light brighter than ten billion suns - discover the work of a planetary scientist.
Investigating whale strandings
20 November 2015
Museum scientist Rebecca Lyal shares her experiences studying whale and dolphin strandings along the British coast.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015-16: The winners
13 October 2015
This year’s winning photographs capture the ferocity and spectacle of the natural world.
Barbary lion skull from the Tower of London
3 July 2015
This skull was dug up from the Tower of London moat. The lion guarded the entrance 700 years ago as a symbol of strength.
'Monstrous' mastodon molar
26 June 2015
This is the first mastodon fossil from Britain ever described. It belonged to William Smith, creator of Britain’s first geological map.
Britain's first geological map
Unearth 15 facts about William Smith’s pioneering map on its 200-year anniversary.
Butterflies with bullet holes
23 June 2015
Find out why the first known specimen of Queen Alexandra's birdwing has bullet holes in its wings.
A history in pictures: the Museum's Hintze Hall
14 July 2017
What specimens have captivated visitors over the years as they enter the Museum?
Finding love on the web
8 January 2015
Spiders may seem scary, but most of them are just looking for love. Read some dating profiles of spiders searching for the perfect mate.
Coral reefs: Lessons from the past
Find out how Dr Ken Johnson is using 12-million-year-old fossil corals to hunt for clues about the future of our reefs.
The patience of an asteroid adventurer
Prof Sara Russell is part of a mission to collect samples from the asteroid Bennu and return them to Earth in 2023.
How penguin suits are inspiring future fabrics
Solving the puzzle of penguins’ waterproof coats could help researchers develop advanced fabrics in the future.
Risking life and limb for venom
Some of our scientists go to extreme lengths for their research, diving into deep and dangerous underwater caves.
Seven sneaky survival strategies of reef animals
Coral reefs attract deadly predators. Find out how their inhabitants survive using everything from camouflage to chemical warfare.
When did dinosaurs live?
5 June 2018
Explore the age of the dinosaurs, from the time they first appeared to the mass extinction 66 million years ago.
What are dinosaurs?
15 June 2018
Find out about dinosaurs and what set them apart from other prehistoric reptiles.
What killed the dinosaurs?
A short overview of why dinosaurs (except birds) became extinct.
World’s most complete Stegosaurus: Q&A with a dinosaur expert
Dinosaur researcher Prof Paul Barrett gives the lowdown on the most complete Stegosaurus ever found.