Climate catastrophe has happened before - and it's teaching us about the future
10 June 2019
Past global warming events took place 183 million years ago.
A million threatened species? Thirteen questions and answers
6 June 2019
Dr Andy Purvis, coordinating lead author of the IPBES Global Assessment, answers the big questions about the report.
We need more scarce metals and elements to reach the UK's greenhouse gas goals
To meet UK electric car targets for 2050, we would need just under twice the current annual world cobalt production.
Sponges are the ocean's natural DNA collectors
3 June 2019
Both penguin and seal DNA could be identified from within sponges.
How Malaysia lost its rhinos
31 May 2019
The last male rhino in Malaysia has died - here's how it happened.
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.
Elephant seals: a giant survival story
17 May 2019
Northern elephant seals once teetered on the brink of extinction. Now they are bouncing back.
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.
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.
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.
Harlequin ladybirds are waking up from hibernation – here’s what to do
18 April 2019
Just how dangerous is the harlequin ladybird exactly?
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.
First-ever photo of a black hole released
10 April 2019
It is 6.5 billion times more massive than the Sun, and it is 55 million light years away.
An expedition to the uninhabited island harbouring 38 million pieces of plastic
4 April 2019
It has the highest density of plastic in the world.
Ancient four-legged whale with webbed feet and hooves uncovered in Peru
It is the oldest quadrupedal whale from the Americas.
White-tailed eagles could return to England
3 April 2019
It has been 230 years since they were declared extinct in England.
Historic whale and dolphin stranding data made public for the first time
28 March 2019
It's one of the oldest datasets of its kind.
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.
Seabirds on remote islands are contaminated with lead and selenium
6 March 2019
Despite breeding on remote islands, petrels are being poisoned by lead.
The worlds largest bee rediscovered after 38 years
21 February 2019
Found in Indonesia, the bee lives inside termite mounds.
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.
Royal visit commemorates Darwin's birthday
13 February 2019
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited the Museum to watch a performance of The Wider Earth.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: LUMIX People's Choice Award winner announced
Two adult male lions, likely brothers, rubbed faces for around 30 seconds before settling down.
The world's insect populations are plummeting everywhere we look
12 February 2019
Crashing numbers will have serious implications on our future.
Queen Alexandra birdwing butterfly display causes a flutter
8 February 2019
A display showcasing Queen Alexandra birdwing butterfly specimens is open at the Museum at Tring.
Whales and dolphins are getting stuck in fishing nets around the UK
6 February 2019
The biggest threat to marine life in Britain isn't plastic bottles - it's fishing gear.
The war on plastic: Morrisons trials paper bags
28 January 2019
Supermarket chain Morrisons has announced an eight-week trial of 20p paper bags.
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.
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.
John and Elizabeth Gould's watercolour bird drawings join the Museum collection
14 January 2019
A volume of historical bird illustrations has joined the Museum collections.
Termites help protect rainforests from climate change
11 January 2019
The small but mighty insects buffer the forests against drought.
Dinosaurs to come to life in a new interactive Museum experience
10 January 2019
An immersive experience will bring dinosaurs to life using the latest mixed-reality technology.
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.
China successfully lands Chang'e-4 spacecraft on the far side of the Moon
4 January 2019
These are the first images from the surface of the far side of the Moon.
It's a record year for grey seal pups
2 January 2019
More grey seal pups are being born on British coastlines than ever.