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.
An autopsy of the best-reserved mammoth ever found has yielded flesh and blood, possibly paving the way for mammoth cloning.
Roman-era skulls show far less gum disease than modern Brits, due to the invention of smoking and the rise in diabetes.
The world's oldest vertebrate sex organs, found in 385-million-year-old fish, prove sex is a lot older than we thought.
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Rebecca Upson, UK Overseas Territories team, The Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Friday 28 Novemb...
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:44:24
After a day of busy packing, submitting a request for a helicopter and some sequence data analysis, I went for...
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