Vertebrate and anthropology palaeobiology

We are investigating the role of vertebrate evolution in shaping the history of life on Earth, including the growth and development of early humans and modern people. 

Anthropology research

Our research ranges from the study and dating of early fossil humans such as the Neanderthals to the growth and development of modern people. We carry out fieldwork in the UK, Europe and in countries like Morocco, often in collaboration with archaeologists.

Quaternary mammals research

Why did the woolly mammoth go extinct? What environmental pressures caused dwarfing of elephants on Mediterranean islands in the past? What is the role of animal behaviour in the evolution of their anatomical adaptations? We are tackling these questions and more with a diverse range of research projects.

Fossil fish and turtle research

Current research projects cover the evolution and development of key vertebrate structure, the systematics, evolution, palaeobiology and palaeobiogeography of North African fishes, and the evolutionary relationships of sharks. We are also studying the chelonian fossil record to trace long-term environmental change.

Opportunities

Undertake professional and postgraduate training in vertebrate and anthropology palaeobiology. 

Core research labs

Our research lab teams are available for complex on-site imaging and analysis of biological and geological samples.

Fossil vertebrate collections

Our collections of fossil mammals, fishes, birds, reptiles and amphibians are rich in type specimens.

The Conservation Centre

The Museum's conservation staff provide primary care for objects across all Museum science departments.

Ancient DNA lab

Our highly specialised laboratory supports research on ancient DNA discoveries.

Attend seminars and conferences for scientists