Origins, evolution and futures
We are experiencing a period of unprecedented global environmental change.
Our work and collections are more valuable than ever in helping scientists understand the response of natural and anthropogenic ecosystems to this change.
From the origins of the solar system to the evolution of new species, our collections are helping us understand key transitions in the evolution of life on Earth and predict the impact of environmental change in the future.
Studying clays formed in submarine hydrothermal sites on Earth to better understand ancient clays on Mars.
Studying modern soils and 400-million-year-old fossil soils to learn more about the early evolution of life on land.
A major project investigating ancient humans and their adaptations during the European Palaeolithic and Mesolithic.