It's a record year for grey seal pups
2 January 2019
More grey seal pups are being born on British coastlines than ever.
Over 270 new species discovered in 2018
27 December 2018
They include new dinosaurs, an ancient wombat and a giant shark.
Common dolphins are flocking to Britain
10 December 2018
Climate change could be behind the increase.
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.
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.
Sperm whale found with flip flops stuck in its belly
21 November 2018
A sperm whale has washed up in Indonesia with nearly six kilogrammes of plastic in its digestive system.
Spiders, cetaceans and skeletons
14 November 2018
Museum experts catch us up on some of the latest natural history news.
Ancient DNA reveals the origins of the bizarre Jamaican monkey
13 November 2018
Small primates were sailing the high seas long before humans existed.
Whale earwax reveals just how much human activity can stress out marine mammals
12 November 2018
Whales had more cortisol in their bodies while the global whaling industry was at its peak.
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.
Could storms be behind the lost beluga in the Thames?
26 September 2018
Experts think it is likely that the beluga came from the direction of Svalbard off Norway.
Dormice use their whiskers to 'see' in the dark
24 September 2018
Find out how these arboreal rodents use their whiskers to navigate at night.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: a sun bear behind bars
14 September 2018
This caged sun bear lives in filthy conditions in an Indonesian zoo.
Water voles return to Exmoor for the first time in 30 years
13 September 2018
The rodents are being reintroduced in the hope of starting a new colony.
New species of fossil wombat unearthed in the Australian outback
22 August 2018
The fossils will help us understand how these creatures evolved over the past 40 million years.
You can name the Museum's cutest members of staff
31 August 2018
Three lambs have been born to the Museum's sheep, and you can name them.
Searching for plastic in the belly of a seal
6 July 2018
Scientists have been investigating the last meals of a seal in search of plastic.
The lost dogs of America
5 July 2018
There are about 90 million dogs living in North America, but where did they all come from?
Pregnant grey seal found with possible bullet wound in its head
4 July 2018
Museum scientists have found a metal fragment embedded in the skull of a seal found on a UK beach.
Helping scientists study the biggest animals on Earth
8 June 2018
The Museum is scanning its collection of whale specimens so that the data is easier to handle and accessible to researchers around the world.
Curious collections: two-tusked narwhal
31 May 2018
Marine mammal expert Richard Sabin takes us through what scientists know - and don't know - about narwhals, also known as unicorns of the sea.
Risso's dolphin on Great Yarmouth beach is latest UK stranding
25 May 2018
A dolphin that washed up on a beach in Norfolk is one of the latest cetaceans to strand.
The plight of the palm oil elephants
4 May 2018
There are precious few elephants left in Borneo - forests where they live are being slashed to make way for palm oil plantations.
Taking a spectacled porpoise to hospital
1 May 2018
The Museum's spectacled porpoise specimen went on a rather unusual trip, all in the name of science.
The sting of love
30 April 2018
Meet some of the animals whose search for a mate may actually be physically painful.
How is a mouse like a giraffe?
16 April 2018
They may certainly look different, but mice and giraffes are more similar than you might think.
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.