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Almost Human: The Discovery of Homo naledi
Almost Human: The Discovery of Homo naledi

Meet palaeontologist Ashley Kruger, part of the team that identified Homo naledi.

1 October 2016 12:30, 14:30

  • Adults Adults
Ancient Octopuses
Ancient Octopuses

See some extremely rare fossils of ancient squid and octopuses.

8 October 2016 12:30, 14:30

  • Families Families (all ages)
Behind-the-Scenes Spirit Collection Tour
Behind-the-Scenes Spirit Collection Tour

Join our expert science educators for a behind the scenes look at the Museum's fascinating zoology spirit collection.

30 September 2016 11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 13:30 - 14:15
1 October 2016 11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 13:30 - 14:15, 15:30 - 16:15
2 October 2016 11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 13:30 - 14:15, 15:30 - 16:15
3 October 2016 11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 13:30 - 14:15
4 October 2016 11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 13:30 - 14:15
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  • Everyone Everyone
Big Data: Connecting and Protecting Global Biodiversity
Big Data: Connecting and Protecting Global Biodiversity

Science Uncovered: Discover how a collaborative project based at the Museum is using big data to take on big challenges.

30 September 2016 21:00 - 21:30

  • Adults Adults
Chasing an Asteroid
Chasing an Asteroid

Science Uncovered: Find out what asteroids can tell us about our solar system's history, with a live link to NASA.

30 September 2016 20:00 - 20:30

  • Adults Adults
Cocoon gallery
Cocoon gallery

Schools (KS3, KS4, Post-16) Take your students on a journey through the Darwin Centre's stunning Cocoon.

4 January 2016 - 16 December 2016

  • Schools Schools (Key Stages 3-4)
Members' Behind-the-Scenes Spirit Collection Tour
Members' Behind-the-Scenes Spirit Collection Tour

With our experts, Members get an extended behind the scenes look at the Museum's zoology collection preserved in spirit.

8 October 2016 15:30 - 16:30
26 October 2016 15:30 - 16:30
12 November 2016 15:30 - 16:30
23 November 2016 15:30 - 16:30
10 December 2016 15:30 - 16:30

  • Everyone Everyone
Mystery of the Toads
Mystery of the Toads

Find out about the Museum's rich Amphibian collection of Frogs and Toads.

2 October 2016 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

  • Families Families (12+)
Nature's Unseen Engineers
Nature's Unseen Engineers

Science Uncovered: Tropical soil teems with termites and ants. But how important are these creatures to their environment?

30 September 2016 18:00 - 18:30

  • Families Families (7+)
Preparing Specimens: Rainforest Invertebrates
Preparing Specimens: Rainforest Invertebrates

See our scientists and volunteers in action in the Specimen Preparation Area of the Darwin Centre Cocoon.

5 October 2016 10:30 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:30
12 October 2016 10:30 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:30
19 October 2016 10:30 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:30
26 October 2016 10:30 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:30

  • Everyone Everyone
Preparing the Carpological Collection
Preparing the Carpological Collection

See our scientists and volunteers in action in the Specimen Preparation Area of the Darwin Centre Cocoon.

4 October 2016 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
11 October 2016 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
18 October 2016 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
25 October 2016 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
1 November 2016 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00

  • Everyone Everyone
The Evolving Story of Human Origins
The Evolving Story of Human Origins

Science Uncovered: Museum scientist Chris Stringer looks at the most important ancient human discoveries of the last year.

30 September 2016 19:00 - 19:30

  • Adults Adults
The Intergalactic Council of Intelligent Life Forms: The Case for Earth
The Intergalactic Council of Intelligent Life Forms: The Case for Earth

Science Uncovered: You are summoned to join the Intergalactic Council of Intelligent Life Forms to determine Earth's fate.

30 September 2016 20:45 - 22:00

  • Adults Adults
The original palaeo diet
The original palaeo diet

Discover what was on the menu thousands of years ago and how and why this has changed over time.

9 October 2016 12:30, 14:30

  • Adults Adults
Unravelling the origins of an island murderer
Unravelling the origins of an island murderer

Museum scientists have recovered the first DNA sample of an extinct Caribbean mammal known as the island murderer.

7 October 2016 14:30

  • Adults Adults
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