What determines biodiversity?

How did climate and geophysical change effect biodiversity in the past?

Museum scientists are researching the effects of climate and geophysical change on biodiversity in the past using fossil remains. 

Knowledge of the past gives us a clearer understanding of the current changes in biodiversity.

  • Cheddar man
    Our early human ancestors

    Find out more about the fascinating projects Museum scientists are working on to discover more about early humans in Britain, Gibraltar and North Africa.

  • Mammoth skull
    Why did the mammoths die out?

    Research on the extinction of the large mammals – the megafauna – has brought some surprises.

  • A barn owl's skull with the bony inner ear highlighted.
    Exploring the hearing of extinct animals

    Find out more about new research revealing that Archaeopteryx, the earliest known bird, had hearing closer to that of later birds than to its reptilian ancestors.

  • Co evolution
    Co-evolution in dinosaurs and plants

    Museum scientists have been investigating evolution of plants have influenced that of herbivorous dinosaurs, and vice versa?

What determines biodiversity?

Find out about other research projects investigating the impact of historical environmental and geophysical changes on biodiversity 

What determines biodiversity?