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
Researchers find seven new animal species living along the Southwest Indian Ridge, in an area targeted for deep-sea mining.
Museum scientists have published a gigantic database of ecological studies, giving researchers a new 'big data' tool to study the planet's biodiversity.
Scientists have identified three new species of parasitoid wasp - including two that previously lay undescribed in the Museum's collections.
More than 90% of British butterflies emerge earlier in years with a warm spring or summer - potentially too early for the plants they eat.
Scientists have identified a distinctive new species of 1504 ringlet butterfly and named it Magneuptychia pax in recognition of the peace process in Colombia.
A bee species more commonly found in continental Europe has been spotted in Britain for the first time.
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