Life

Flying through the air, swimming the ocean’s depths or preserved as fossils, the diversity of life is astonishing. From whales to worms, DNA to dinosaurs, discover the secrets of our own evolution, and how scientists at the Museum work to understand the amazing forms on our planet, past and present.

  • Chimpanzee, Pan troglodytes
    Mammals

    Investigate this complex group, which of course, includes us. Are big cats living wild in Britain? Why do whales strand? And just how closely related are we to other apes?

  • European robin, Erithacus rubecula
    Birds

    With over 9,000 species, discover how they helped to shape the world’s most significant evolutionary theory, and take a look at British birds of the past, immortalised in the Museum’s collections of paintings.

  • Bicolour damselfish, Stegates partitus
    Reptiles, amphibians and fishes

    Take a look at some monsters of the deep blue sea, and discover a fossil that ‘came back to life’. Stealth, camouflage, speed and ambush – compare the hunting habits of today’s reptiles with the dinosaurs.

  • Common darter dragonfly, Sympetrum striolatum
    Insects and spiders

    These creepy crawlies are often feared and disliked by humans, but discover how many of them have important roles to play in medical and forensic science, or by preying on insect pests.

  • Blue swimming crab
    Other invertebrates

    Find out about the good, the bad and the ugly, as we reveal the little-known worlds of some of these fascinating creatures.

  • The skull of Albertosaurus on display at the Museum
    Dinosaurs and other extinct creatures

    Did dinosaurs completely die out or do they live among us today in the form of birds?

  • Oak leaves in the Museum's Wildlife Garden
    Plants and fungi

    We need plants and fungi for our very existence. Explore how plants have influenced society and how people are affecting plant life.

  • Skull reconstructions of 3 human species, Homo erectus, Homo neanderthalensis and Homo sapiens
    Human evolution

    How did we separate from the other great apes, where did modern humans first evolve, and what were our early relatives like? Find out and discover the Museum's extensive work in this fascinating field.

Microtus agrestis, field vole.
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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.

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