Read about the plants, animals and minerals discovered by Museum scientists.
New arrivals of Amazonian moss animals boost the world's largest collection
23 May 2019
The Museum now has the largest collection of freshwater bryozoa in the world.
New species of ancient shark discovered from the coast of Madagascar
20 May 2019
The ancient shark was found in an unusual fossil ecosystem.
New species of subterranean fish named after Lord of the Rings character
9 May 2019
It has been named after Gollum due to its underground lifestyle.
New species of ancient human discovered in the Philippines
11 April 2019
It has been named Homo luzonensis.
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.
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.
Velvet spider named after Lou Reed found in Europe for the first time
18 January 2019
This velvet spider group was thought to live only in Africa and the Middle East.
Over 270 new species discovered in 2018
27 December 2018
They include new dinosaurs, an ancient wombat and a giant shark.
Four new species of frog from one of the wettest regions on Earth
20 November 2018
These horned frogs are named for their pointy eyebrows.
Beautiful new species of swallowtail butterfly discovered on Fiji
2 November 2018
Scientists are still unsure where the species came from.
New species of blind eel that burrows through the soil discovered
17 September 2018
The fish burrows underground and breaths through the lining of its mouth.
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.
Two new species of Indian lizard described by Museum scientist
1 August 2018
The discovery is expected to be followed up by more new species.
Herd of sauropod dinosaurs become the oldest diplodocoids ever discovered
24 July 2018
The discovery is changing how scientists think these dinosaurs evolved.
New deep-sea species discovered in Pacific conservation zones
17 July 2018
Researchers have discovered several new animal species living on the Pacific seafloor.
245-million-year-old reptile finally gets a name
29 March 2018
Scientists have formally given an ancient reptile a name, over 80 years since its fossils were found in Tanzania.
Scientist turns detective to identify mysterious moth
26 March 2018
The arrival of a tiny moth in the Wildlife Garden sparked a scientific search of London.
New life found at the bottom of Antarctic seas
25 January 2018
A massive survey of life in the freezing seas around Antarctica has shown that they harbour many more animals than previously thought.
New bee species in London garden generates buzz
9 January 2018
A new British bee has turned out to be an overlooked, long-time resident.
New native British beetle found in ancient Scottish forests
28 September 2017
A chemist who collects insects as a pastime has spotted what generations of British entomologists have missed: a native British beetle, living in ancient Scottish pine forests.
New beetle for Britain is pear tree pest
25 September 2017
An invasive species of European beetle has been found preying on pear trees in Kent orchards.
New species could help monitor impact of future deep-sea mining
Museum scientists working in one of the remotest regions of our planet have helped reveal a completely new group of deep-sea sponges.
Fearsome Jurassic crocodile named after Motörhead's Lemmy
8 August 2017
Scientists have named a fearsome prehistoric crocodile after Motörhead frontman Lemmy.
Early reptile fossil discovery gives clues to dinosaur evolution
12 April 2017
Scientists have identified a new species of ancient reptile that fills a critical gap in the fossil record of dinosaur relatives.
First dive to hydrothermal vent uncovers new deep-sea creatures
22 December 2016
Researchers have found seven new animal species living along the Southwest Indian Ridge, 3,000 metres beneath the surface of the ocean, in an area targeted for deep-sea mining.
New butterfly name dedicated to Colombian peace process
2 November 2016
Scientists have identified a distinctive new species of ringlet butterfly and named it Magneuptychia pax in recognition of the peace process in Colombia, where the butterfly lives.
New bee species breeding in Britain
17 October 2016
A bee species more commonly found in continental Europe has been spotted in Britain for the first time.
First bone-eating worm found in warm waters
13 April 2016
Museum scientists have found that Osedax worms, which feed on the bones of whale carcasses, can live in shallow Mediterranean waters.
Snake from Ethiopia identified as new viper species
21 March 2016
A team of scientists led by Museum researchers have identified and named a new species of viper, Bitis harenna, that lives in Ethiopia’s Bale Mountains National Park.
New love bug found with heart-shaped leg
15 February 2016
A new group of beetles with a heart-shaped leg joint has been discovered in the Belize rainforest by Museum scientist Max Barclay.
Welsh 'dragon thief' is oldest known Jurassic dinosaur
25 January 2016
An unusual fossil find in south Wales has led to the discovery of a new dinosaur species.
New butterfly species named after Sir David Attenborough
4 December 2015
A new species of tropical butterfly found in a remote region of South America has been named Euptychia attenboroughi, after naturalist Sir David Attenborough.
Ancient amphibian fossils unearthed in Brazil
5 November 2015
Museum scientist Dr Martha Richter helps discover two new species of extinct amphibians and the oldest reptile fossil skeleton ever found in South America.
New bat species found in Museum collection
31 October 2015
A bat preserved in alcohol for 30 years in the Museum's collection has been recognised as a new species of horseshoe bat.
New highly venomous snake species discovered in Australia
28 August 2015
A team led by a Museum scientist has discovered a new species of Australian death adder in the Kimberley region of the country.
Two fishes named after Museum scientists
18 May 2015
Fish experts Oliver Crimmen and Ralf Britz have had species named for them to honour their work and dedication.