Taking you right back to the big bang and the history of time itself, here you can explore the distant past, discover early sea creatures, mammals and ancient fossils – and take a peek into the Earth’s future...
Experience the story of the survival of life on Earth in this interactive gallery. See how the planet has evolved by examining the time rail that runs through the gallery. With every step you take, you move on 25 million years.
This fearsome creature was a gigantic crocodile. Its skull is estimated to be 83–71 million years old – older even than the T. rex skull next to it. The beast may have preyed on dinosaurs at the water’s edge.
The horse has undergone a long process of evolution to become the creature we know today. This is the skull of an early horse found in Harwich, in Essex. It lived some 54 million years ago and evolved after the dinosaurs became extinct.
After the flying reptiles became extinct, mammals took to the air and diversified. This fossil bat, Palaeochiropteryx tupaiodon, is of one of the earliest bats and is dated to 49 million years old. It was found in Messel Pit in Germany and lived in the Eocene period, like Ida, the recently-discovered 47-million-year-old, lemur-like fossil primate.
Travel back in time and discover the amazing story of the solar system and Earth's place within it. Did you know Saturn’s low density means it would float in water? Or that the surface of Mars is red because of iron oxide dust?
One of the oldest rocks on Earth is about 3,850 million years old and was found in Greenland. The different layers show how intense heat and pressure have altered the sediments in the rock.
Watch the projected moving images on the spinning globe exhibit which shows us the possible visions of Earth’s future.
Explore more than 650 million years of Earth's extraordinary history with our first app for iPad, NHM Evolution.
Learn about more than 800 creatures and plants, examine spectacular 360° high definition fossil images and watch specially-commissioned videos of Museum experts discussing the latest evolutionary theories.