Homo erectus, our ancient ancestor
9 October 2018
Learn about the longest-surviving human species, which was also the first known to leave Africa.
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.
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?
Dinosauria: how the 'terrible lizards' got their name
18 July 2018
Did you know the word 'dinosaur' wasn't coined until 1842?
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?
Measuring the teeth of an ancient reptile
13 June 2018
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.
Why are birds the only surviving dinosaurs?
23 May 2018
Watch our animation to find out.
What's the coolest dinosaur?
16 May 2018
Watch four of our dinosaur experts battle it out for the top spot.
360° fossil-hunting adventure
4 May 2018
Go on a virtual fossil hunt along Charmouth Beach.
Discover fascinating fossils you can find around Britain, what they look like and where to search.
Studying tiny, tropical and ancient marine invertebrates
25 April 2018
Museum palaeontologist Emanuela Di Martino has been studying ancient bryozoans to understand ocean diversity.
245-million-year-old reptile finally gets a name
29 March 2018
Scientists have formally given an ancient reptile a name, over 80 years since its fossils were found in Tanzania.
Ancient human DNA recovered from the oldest cemetery in Africa
16 March 2018
Museum archaeologists have helped to uncover clues to the people who lived in North Africa 15,000 years ago.
Mary Anning: the unsung hero of fossil discovery
9 March 2018
Mary was a pioneering palaeontologist and fossil collector. Her lifetime was a constellation of firsts.
What is a coprolite?
Fossil poo may not be a glamorous fossil find, but it can reveal a lot about prehistoric animals.
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.
Humans left Africa 40,000 years earlier than we thought
25 January 2018
A newly-discovered fossil jawbone has revealed that Homo sapiens had already left Africa 180,000 years ago.
Documentary to reveal surprising face of Britain’s oldest complete human
24 January 2018
A television documentary will follow Museum scientists as they help deduce the astonishing facial appearance of Britain's oldest complete skeleton, Cheddar Man.
The making of an island
15 December 2017
Discover how the changing climate of the past million years affected Britain's coastline and the presence of humans.
Unearth the one-million-year story of humans in Britain and their struggle to survive in a changing land.
Britain's biggest Jurassic dinosaurs
What were the largest dinosaurs in Britain 200-145 million years ago? And why were they so big?
Life in the Jurassic ocean
3 November 2017
What was the ocean like when dinosaurs roamed the Earth?
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.
Dinosaur world tour
22 June 2017
Find out about dinosaur discoveries from around the world with Museum expert Prof Paul Barrett.
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?
Dinosaur family tree gets major makeover
22 March 2017
Dinosaurs have a new family tree. Find out how it has changed and what the new tree reveals about dinosaurs' origins and evolution.
Dinosaur family tree radically rearranged
Scientists have proposed a significant reorganisation of the dinosaur family tree, with major implications for our understanding of dinosaur origins and evolution.
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.
How to bring a dinosaur to life in technicolour
14 November 2016
Find out how scientists and a palaeoartist created a life-size model of Psittacosaurus featuring real colour patterns, and what this revealed about the dinosaur's life.
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.
Eyes on the prize: the evolution of vision
7 July 2016
Museum scientists are investigating Earth's earliest eyes with exceptional fossils.
Dinosaur eating habit insights from Stegosaurus stenops
20 May 2016
New tests carried out on the Museum's Stegosaurus skull provide ground-breaking insights into the lifestyles of herbivorous dinosaurs
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.
The oldest human footprints in Europe
17 December 2015
Follow the progress of a team of scientists as they realise they have uncovered human footprints that are around 900,000 years old.
Scandinavian ice sheet cracks ancient climate change puzzle
23 November 2015
A Museum researcher's 'midge thermometer' innovation has helped explain why the Earth was plunged into a mini ice age almost 13,000 years ago.
Brain fossils break new ground in palaeontology
16 November 2015
Museum scientists use cutting-edge imaging techniques to unravel the secrets of 517-million-year-old animals, uncovering new evidence for brain fossilisation.
Ilford mammoth skull returns home
13 November 2015
Museum donates cast of Ilford mammoth skull to the London community where the fossil was found.