Our distinctive approach to research is to use the combination of our collections and our specialist expertise in taxonomy, systematics, biodiversity, natural resources, planetary science, evolution and informatics to tackle scientific questions in novel ways.
Discover more about the new approaches we are taking to our key areas of research, such as biodiversity
Our researchers are focusing on tropical forests to tackle long-standing questions about the diversity of the most complex ecosystems on Earth.
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The life and earth science collections of the Museum comprise some 70 million specimens or items. The collections cover virtually all groups of animals, plants, minerals and fossils.
Museum scientists are studying the origins of the planet, the earth's resources and the evolution of life.
Researching the diversity of life on earth studying the biodiversity of species, ecosystems and environment.
Explore one of the world’s finest collections of natural history literature, artwork, photographs and manuscripts.
The Museum runs world class Molecular laboratories, Imaging and analysis and Conservation facilities.
The first complete Greenland shark specimen has been preserved for research at the Museum after washing up on a Northumberland beach last autumn.
Accurate dating of 40 sites across Europe shows that Neanderthals and humans overlapped by as much as 5,400 years.
Microscopic particles brought back to Earth by the Stardust mission are likely the first examples of interstellar dust.
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