Are Neanderthals the same species as us?
1 October 2019
Prof Chris Stringer addresses this controversial question.
The Triassic Period: the rise of the dinosaurs
27 August 2019
What was life like during the Triassic Period?
Where did dinosaurs come from?
When did dinosaurs evolve, and what did the first dinosaurs look like?
A new look at the Gibraltar Neanderthals
15 July 2019
Discover more about some iconic Neanderthal skulls.
Modern humans may have been in Europe 150,000 years earlier than thought
10 July 2019
New dating suggests they were in southern Greece 210,000 years ago.
This is how the ancestor of modern snakes could have looked
3 July 2019
What can we learn from scanning snakes?
New species of ancient shark discovered from the coast of Madagascar
20 May 2019
The ancient shark was found in an unusual fossil ecosystem.
Early Neanderthal teeth shed light on the identity of our own ancient ancestors
15 May 2019
We've been looking at the wrong species.
Birds on an island in the Indian Ocean evolved flightlessness twice
10 May 2019
This is fastest recorded timeline of a bird losing its ability to fly.
Neolithic Britain: where did the first farmers come from?
15 April 2019
The introduction of farming across the world changed the course of human history.
New species of ancient human discovered in the Philippines
11 April 2019
It has been named Homo luzonensis.
Ancient four-legged whale with webbed feet and hooves uncovered in Peru
4 April 2019
It is the oldest quadrupedal whale from the Americas.
What is natural selection?
8 October 2019
Natural selection is one of the core processes of evolution - but how does it work and will it ever end?
New species of extinct pig-footed bandicoot described from Australia
13 March 2019
Driven to extinction in the 1950s, very little is know about this species.
If you're a bird, you aren't what you eat
20 February 2019
A new paper is shedding light on the relationship between a bird's diet and how it looks.
The Cambrian explosion was far shorter than thought
19 February 2019
The diversification of life occurred rapidly during the early Cambrian.
Darwin's rabbit is revealing how the animals became immune to myxomatosis
15 February 2019
Three separate rabbit populations all evolved immunity to the disease.
A tiny fossil amoeba is helping us to understand how plants first bloomed
24 January 2019
The new amoeba species is the earliest of its kind ever discovered.
How well do you know your winter wildlife?
18 December 2018
Take our quiz to find out how familiar you are with the UK's plants and animals and their strategies for surviving winter.
Shark evolution: a 450 million year timeline
13 December 2018
Evolving before trees and weathering five mass extinctions, sharks are true survivors.
Australopithecus afarensis, Lucy's species
29 November 2018
Australopithecus afarensis is one of the best-known early human relatives thanks to an extraordinary fossil called Lucy.
Ancient DNA reveals the origins of the bizarre Jamaican monkey
13 November 2018
Small primates were sailing the high seas long before humans existed.
Homo erectus, our ancient ancestor
7 November 2018
Learn about the longest-surviving human species, which was also the first known to leave Africa.
What birds can teach us about evolution
8 October 2018
A new study is helping to explain how evolution works.
Fat molecules preserved in a 558-million-year-old fossil help settle decades-old debate
21 September 2018
The discovery of cholesterol is consistent with Dickinsonia being an animal.
The oldest drawing ever found is a stone 'hashtag'
12 September 2018
The earliest human drawing, dating back to the Stone Age, has been found in a cave in South Africa.
Homo naledi, your most recently discovered human relative
5 September 2018
Meet your long-lost relative and find out why their discovery has had such an impact on our family tree.
Ancient child from Siberia was Neanderthal and Denisovan hybrid
23 August 2018
Fragments of bone from a Siberian cave reveal ancient human species were mating.
New species of fossil wombat unearthed in the Australian outback
22 August 2018
The fossils will help us understand how these creatures evolved over the past 40 million years.
Ancient human teeth suggest new links between prehistoric African populations
1 August 2018
The teeth are helping us to understand how ancient human populations interacted.
Cave life: creatures that lurk in the shadows
11 September 2019
Discover the rocky abyss and meet some unusual residents thriving in the absolute darkness of caves.
The way we have been thinking about the first modern humans in Africa could be wrong
11 July 2018
A new paper challenges the traditional idea that our species evolved from a single population in one region of Africa.
Who's afraid of the dark?
9 July 2018
Explore some of nature's most extreme sensory adaptations with leading scientists from the Museum.
New evidence of ancient child sacrifice found in Turkey
28 June 2018
Remains of young people who were ritually sacrificed have been found from Bronze Age Mesopotamia.
Watch a pterosaur fly
8 June 2018
This animal is Anhanguera, a flying reptile that lived with the dinosaurs. Have a look at how it might have flown.
Why are birds the only surviving dinosaurs?
23 May 2018
Watch our animation to find out.
Creating a computer-generated Neanderthal
11 May 2018
Hollywood star Andy Serkis worked with Museum experts to create an animated Neanderthal.
Who were the Neanderthals?
5 May 2018
Explore Neanderthal facts, from looks to lifestyle and abilities. These early humans are far more similar to us than once believed.
The sting of love
30 April 2018
Meet some of the animals whose search for a mate may actually be physically painful.
Superior senses in the dark
14 January 2019
From bioluminescent lures to infrared abilities, meet some of the animals that have found ways to master life in the dark.