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
The unusual beak of the pufferfish is produced by small tweaks to the normal programme of tooth development, research reveals.
Museum scientists have helped decode the genome for a snail that transmits the world's second-most deadly parasitic disease.
An extensive, well-documented historical collection of over 22,000 birds' eggs has been donated to the Museum.
African toads give birth to live young to cope with mountainous regions lacking ponds for tadpoles to develop in.
An X-ray film of a fly pupa undergoing metamorphosis has, for the first time, captured minute-by-minute details of the most dramatic part of the reorganisation process.
Researchers find seven new animal sp 0C3B ecies living along the Southwest Indian Ridge, in an area targeted for deep-sea mining.
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