In some ways, biological science has remained unchanged – we still use the same method of classifying living things that originated in the eighteenth century. In other ways, we have made unbelievable progress, right down to unravelling the secrets of DNA. Find out how the Museum's scientists collect the information they need, the history of scientific discovery and why the information affects every single one of us.
Discover the innovations, implications and inspirations behind the Museum's research.
How do we name, rank and classify organisms? And what other ways are there to examine wildlife? Explore the Museum's extensive resources to discover the answers.
Read about the early voyages of discovery and find out why the Museum's collections are so vital to our knowledge of the past, present and future.
Explorer, naturalist and intellectual, Wallace co-published the theory of evolution of natural selection with Darwin. Join us during his centenary year, and help give him the recognition he deserves.
Learn about the life and work of revolutionary scientists, explorers and artists who have opened our eyes to the natural world.
How do scientists work out the age of rocks? And what have they learned about the relationships between species from modern technologies like powerful microscopes and DNA sequencing?