What is evolution?

Victorian scientists used their observations of the natural world to understand how organisms could change over time.  These observations became critical to them when they eventually had to explain how evolution worked to other scientists. 

  • The theory
    The theory

    Learn about how Victorian scientists used their observations of the natural world to understand how organisms could change over time.

  • How does evolution work?
    How does evolution work? - 10/05/2005 (video)

    Evolution is driven by random changes in the genes of organisms, called mutations, and a complex process called natural selection.

  • Evolution in action
    The evolution experience

    Play our evolution game and experience natural selection first hand!

Evolution app for iPad

Our new Evolution app for iPad

Explore more than 650 million years of Earth's extraordinary history with our first app for iPad, NHM Evolution.

Learn about more than 800 creatures and plants, examine spectacular 360° high definition fossil images and watch specially-commissioned videos of Museum experts discussing the latest evolutionary theories.

More about the NHM Evolution app