Our scientists are pioneering techniques that will accelerate the classification of new species, explain patterns of change in the natural world, measure global biodiversity, and tackle challenges in food and health.
The Museum’s vast collections of vertebrates, invertebrates, plants and microbes support our staff's unique expertise in evolutionary biology, biodiversity and systematics.
Life sciences news
26 February 2018
Plants appeared on Earth 100 million years earlier than scientists previously thought.
1 February 2018
A fourth mandible variation has been identified in some species of Odontolabis stag beetles and it's been named 'Boltcutter'.
25 January 2018
A Museum scientist will be one of the first to examine a newly exposed part of the Antarctic sea floor.
9 January 2018
A new British bee has turned out to be an overlooked, long-time resident.