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.
The world is in trouble: one million animals and plants face extinction
6 May 2019
Humanity is eroding its own life-support system, a new report finds.
Scottish beavers are now a protected species
1 May 2019
It is illegal to harm beavers or destroy their lodges and dams.
White-tailed eagles could return to England
3 April 2019
It has been 230 years since they were declared extinct in England.
What is natural selection?
18 March 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.
The world's insect populations are plummeting everywhere we look
12 February 2019
Crashing numbers will have serious implications on our future.
Fishy faces, fur and feathers
23 January 2019
Meet some faces that only an ichthyologist could love and catch up on the latest natural history news.
Death of George the tree snail marked the first extinction of 2019
15 January 2019
George's death is a reminder that snail populations are crashing all over the world.
The rise and fall of the Inca Empire is recorded in llama poo
9 January 2019
The number of microorganisms linked with llama droppings gives clues about the Inca.
Shark evolution: a 450 million year timeline
13 December 2018
Evolving before trees and weathering five mass extinctions, sharks are true survivors.
Towns and cities benefit the same animals and plants everywhere
5 December 2018
Rats and pigeons are thriving, but unique species are disappearing.
Steller's sea cow: the first historical extinction of marine mammal at human hands
30 November 2018
Unusually for a modern mammal, we know little of it from a true natural history perspective.
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.
Attenborosaurus: a celebrity reptile
27 November 2018
This long-necked skeleton is Attenborosaurus, an extinct marine reptile named after legendary broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.
The Siberian unicorn lived at the same time as modern humans
26 November 2018
It likely went extinct at around the same time as Neanderthals.
Darwin's giant ground sloth skull pieced together and scanned for the first time
23 November 2018
Half of the skull was lost for over a century.
What was Megatherium?
22 November 2018
Darwin collected fossils of these ancient giant sloths when he visited South America.
Chimpanzees are at risk of being eaten into extinction
9 November 2018
Hunting for meat is now a serious threat to the species' survival.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: the uncertain future of China's primates
16 October 2018
Some species have fewer than 30 individuals left alive.
Homo erectus, our ancient ancestor
7 November 2018
Learn about the longest-surviving human species, which was also the first known to leave Africa.
Half the world's killer whales may go extinct within 50 years
28 September 2018
Refuges in the Arctic may help save the species.
The UN is aiming to protect the last remaining ocean wilderness
11 September 2018
Is this enough to save the world's oceans?
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.
Megalodon: the truth about the largest shark that ever lived
6 August 2018
Just how big was megalodon and could this giant predator still be lurking in the dark depths of the ocean?
Measuring the teeth of an ancient reptile
13 June 2018
Scientists have peered inside the tooth of the extinct reptile Eilenodon.
How an asteroid ended the age of the dinosaurs
Sixty-six million years ago dinosaurs had the ultimate bad day.
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.
A Stegosaurus brought to life
4 June 2018
Watch a virtual Stegosaurus walk around as Sir David Attenborough explains how this dinosaur would have moved.
Could scientists bring dinosaurs back to life?
30 May 2018
Is a mosquito trapped in amber really the way to bring dinosaurs back from the dead?
Why are birds the only surviving dinosaurs?
23 May 2018
Watch our animation to find out.
The origins of a deadly disease that's killing amphibians
10 May 2018
A deadly fungus has been devastating populations of amphibians all over the world - but no one knew where it began until now.
Out of the woodwork: the great capricorn beetle
11 June 2018
Meet the beetles that were unexpectedly found in Cambridgeshire, despite having been extinct in Britain for thousands of years.
360° fossil-hunting adventure
4 May 2018
Go on a virtual fossil hunt along Charmouth Beach.
The giant fossil mammals that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution
9 April 2018
In the 1830s, Darwin made a series of discoveries in South America: the mysterious remains of extinct mammals.
What was Toxodon?
This large extinct mammal proved a puzzle for Charles Darwin when he first came across it.
White rhino Sudan dies: is all hope lost for this subspecies?
20 March 2018
Mammal expert Richard Sabin explains how a subspecies extinction could affect rhino evolution.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: The brutal reality of rhino poaching
17 October 2017
Explore the conservation issues behind this year's winning image.
Could giraffes become extinct?
2 February 2017
Mammals expert Richard Sabin explains why giraffe numbers have plummeted in the past 15 years.
Fossil shells reveal how ancient animals survived global warming
11 November 2016
Ancient marine fossils are providing new insights into Earth's biggest mass extinction.