The 1883 Krakatau eruption: a year of blue Moons
22 May 2019
The mystery of blue Moons lies in the ashes of volcanic eruptions.
360° Scottish beaver trail
13 May 2019
Join us on a 360° loch-side walk in Knapdale to look for signs of beavers and learn more about these ecosystem engineers.
How water voles left their riverside homes for Glasgow grasslands
24 April 2019
Water voles in Glasgow have left the riverbank behind in search of new homes.
Do sharks lay eggs?
23 April 2019
Although most sharks give birth to live young, a few lay oddly shaped eggs that occasionally wash up on beaches.
How to draw a dinosaur
16 April 2019
Learn how to create a cartoon T. rex. Plus find out how palaeoartists draw dinosaurs.
Beetles and bloodsuckers
27 March 2019
Go behind the scenes at the Museum and discover the huge variety of beetles and parasites in the collection.
How did Tyrannosaurus rex use its arms?
26 March 2019
T. rex forelimbs were tiny but surprisingly muscular - so how were they used?
How to make a bird feeder
20 March 2019
Follow our simple guide to building a bird feeder for your garden from a reused plastic bottle.
How do polar bears stay warm?
11 March 2019
Discover how polar bears survive in the Arctic, even when temperatures fall far below -30°C.
Space, specimens and dating strategies
27 February 2019
This month on #NHM_Live we're putting animal dating strategies to the test.
What is more impressive than a walrus's tusks?
8 February 2019
Walruses have a feature that stands out in size - and it's one that humans completely lack.
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.
Exploring the mysteries of Earth's underwater caves
11 January 2019
Cave divers are at the forefront of the search for life in the planet's deepest and darkest subterranean worlds.
Specimen stores and lights at night
12 December 2018
Find out what can happen when fieldwork doesn't go exactly as planned, and how to do a simple DIY science project at home.
Can you find dinosaurs in Ireland?
21 January 2019
Why have so few dinosaur fossils been found in Ireland? It's all to do with the island's geological history.
Night life: how to spot insects in the dark
23 November 2018
What nocturnal insects will you find where you live?
Why would a worm live with its enemy?
19 November 2018
Deep in the ocean a species of worm is living life on the edge, making its home inside an animal that could eat it.
Spiders, cetaceans and skeletons
14 November 2018
Museum experts catch us up on some of the latest natural history news.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: blood-loving birds of the Galápagos
22 October 2018
When resources run short, the sharp-beaked finches of Wolf Island turn into vampires to survive.
Octopuses keep surprising us - here are eight examples how
8 October 2018
They have blue blood, three hearts and a doughnut-shaped brain. But these aren't even the most unusual discoveries made about octopuses!
Dormice use their whiskers to 'see' in the dark
24 September 2018
Find out how these arboreal rodents use their whiskers to navigate at night.
360° urban nature search
29 August 2018
Join a bioblitz search for local wildlife in the ruins of Weoley Castle, Birmingham.
There's more to birdsong than meets the ears
27 August 2018
Would a pigeon in London sound the same as a pigeon in Birmingham?
The secrets of frog vision are finally being revealed
6 August 2018
Museum scientists are travelling the globe to understand how frogs see the world.
The search for life on Mars
27 July 2018
To help us tell fact from science fiction, scientists and engineers involved in the ExoMars 2020 program discuss the latest on the search for life on Mars.
Explore a 360 panorama of Antarctica
12 July 2018
Join Dr Adrian Glover as he journeys to the site of a collapsed Antarctic ice shelf. Experience the awe-inspiring view from the ship deck.
Who's afraid of the dark?
9 July 2018
Explore some of nature's most extreme sensory adaptations with leading scientists from the Museum.
What lies beneath?
13 June 2018
Watch for an exclusive peek behind the scenes at the Museum's Tank Room.
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.
Why do some butterflies and moths have eyespots?
29 May 2018
Discover how some species effectively use their colourful wings to deter predators.
The man who injects himself with venom
24 May 2018
Steve Ludwin explains why he has been injecting himself with snake venom for decades.
Why are birds the only surviving dinosaurs?
23 May 2018
Watch our animation to find out.
What's the coolest dinosaur?
16 May 2018
Watch four of our dinosaur experts battle it out for the top spot.
Flies are saving your chocolate cravings
14 May 2018
Bees' pollinating prowess often overshadows many of the insects working just as hard as them.
Face-to-face with spitting cobras
11 May 2018
Have you ever seen a cobra spit venom in super slow motion?
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: monarchs at sunset
9 May 2018
Read the story of the epic migration of the monarch butterfly.
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 sting of love
30 April 2018
Meet some of the animals whose search for a mate may actually be physically painful.
How did the Moon form?
Before the Earth and Moon, there was a proto-Earth and Theia. Museum planetary science researcher Prof Sara Russell explains the origins of Earth's closest companion.
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.
How is a mouse like a giraffe?
16 April 2018
They may certainly look different, but mice and giraffes are more similar than you might think.
Survival at the ocean's hot springs
19 August 2018
Oceans are crucial for life on Earth - but did it begin at a hydrothermal vent?
The platypus puzzle
19 March 2018
Watch Dr Ronald Jenner explore the venomous puzzle that the platypus poses.
What is a coprolite?
9 March 2018
Fossil poo may not be a glamorous fossil find, but it can reveal a lot about prehistoric animals.
Bringing a Neanderthal to life: the making of our model
17 February 2018
Discover the science and art involved in making the Museum's Neanderthal and early modern human models.
Can frogs be venomous?
9 February 2018
Meet the amphibians with an unusual defence tactic.
Cheddar Man: Mesolithic Britain's blue-eyed boy
18 April 2018
What did humans in Britain look like 10,000 years ago?
How to restore a 135-year-old-sunfish
26 January 2018
Find out what it takes to care for an enormous, scientifically irreplaceable fish.
The cannibals of Gough's Cave
15 December 2017
Dr Silvia Bello tells us about the gruesome yet fascinating behaviour of people living in a Somerset cave 14,700 years ago.
Why does Rudolph have a red nose?
14 December 2017
Erica McAlister hints at why the beloved reindeer may have a bright red nose.
Bioluminescence: light in the dark
17 November 2017
Lanternfish are one of many animals that light up the ocean with their glowing bodies.
Behind the scenes: The making of Venom
Go behind the scenes to find out what it takes put on a major exhibition at the Museum.
What is a parasitic isopod?
6 November 2017
Can you spot the extra eyes in this photo?
Rescuing a 199-million-year-old ammonite graveyard
3 November 2017
Scientists saved scientifically important slabs from an ammonite fossil bed after they were damaged by storms.
Do vampire bats drink blood?
31 October 2017
Do vampire bats really deserve their blood-sucking reputation?
Why do wasps build nests?
11 October 2017
Most social wasps aren't fussy when it comes to finding a spot to settle down.
The fish that's also a pearl
26 September 2017
Watch Andreia Salvador, Curator of Marine Mollusca, take a look at one of the Museum's most extraordinary and precious pearls.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: the reality of a sewage surfer
20 September 2017
Sewage surfer is a stark reminder of the wide-reaching impact humans have on the planet, and particularly its small inhabitants.
The bizarre love life of the anglerfish
14 August 2017
Watch a fish curator get up close and personal with one of the deep sea's most unusual partnerships.
The art of preserving a fish
3 August 2017
Find out how Museum scientists used a new technique to preserve this enormous blue marlin forever.
Seaweeds: a hidden habitat under threat
14 July 2017
Algae grew on Earth long before the dinosaurs first appeared - but climate change could bring an end to their long tenure.
The blue whale: a three-year labour of love
13 July 2017
Join Museum scientists as they reflect on becoming part of this specimen's giant story.
Missouri Leviathan: The making of an American mastodon
5 July 2017
From touring spectacle to Museum star: hear the hidden history behind this ancient mammal skeleton.
A blue whale's banquet
30 June 2017
Rare drone footage could prove vital for research into the meals of the largest animals on the planet.
A window into the world of seaweeds
29 June 2017
Professor Juliet Brodie explains why seaweed forests are so important to coastlines all over the world.
Dinosaur world tour
22 June 2017
Find out about dinosaur discoveries from around the world with Museum expert Prof Paul Barrett.
On the trail of the Wexford blue whale
21 June 2017
Trace the 126-year journey of the blue whale from the sea to Museum.
Life in the pod: the social lives of whales
10 September 2018
Why do whales sing? Scientists have only just begun to decipher the meaning of these underwater melodies.
Skeletons reveal their secrets
31 May 2017
Bone detectives at the Museum are uncovering the secrets of life and death in London over 5,000 years.
Tall order: rehousing a taxidermy giraffe
23 May 2017
Go behind the scenes with Museum staff as they try to fit a taxidermy giraffe through some tight spaces.
Corals: up close and personal
7 April 2017
Glimpse some of the beautiful coral specimens in our collection and explore why coral diversity is important.
Sensational Butterflies: bringing the jungle to London
31 March 2017
Find out how we prepare the tropical butterfly house and keep the hundreds of butterflies soaring.
Dinosaur family tree gets major makeover
22 March 2017
Dinosaurs have a new family tree. Find out how it has changed and what the new tree reveals about dinosaurs' origins and evolution.
A whale of a time capsule
23 February 2017
Discover how crumpled newspapers have turned a blue whale skeleton into a historical treasure trove.
A Diplodocus deconstructed
8 February 2017
Moving a dinosaur is never easy. Watch as Museum conservators pack Dippy the Diplodocus into boxes, one bone at a time.
Taking Dippy down: the first steps
10 January 2017
Lorraine Cornish, Head of Conservation, prepares to dismante the Diplodocus skeleton.
Colour in the collections: bird taxidermy
25 October 2016
The art of taxidermy has become fashionable again in recent years. But it has always been scientifically useful. Bird curator Hein van Grouw demonstrates how it's done.
How to bring a dinosaur to life in technicolour
14 November 2016
Find out how scientists and a palaeoartist created a life-size model of Psittacosaurus featuring real colour patterns, and what this revealed about the dinosaur's life.
Blue whale conservation team wins prestigious award
The conservators preparing the Museum's blue whale skeleton for its move into Hintze Hall have received a prize for their contribution to the public's understanding of conservation.
Beautiful British orchids: is climate change affecting them?
31 August 2016
Dr Mark Spencer explains why it's important to find out.
The power of red
21 July 2016
How do you feel when you see the colour red? Angry, amorous, energized? Why might that be?
Squid art in squid ink
23 June 2016
The Museum's giant squid specimen so inspired one visiting artist that she felt compelled to draw it. Life size.
Parasites in motion: schistosomiasis
1 June 2016
Follow the complex life cycle of this life-threatening parasite.
Audio slideshow: Rare Treasures book
16 May 2016
Library curator Andrea Hart talks about this collection of the Museum's most highly prized natural history literature.
Michael Benson: reflections on Saturn
29 April 2016
Otherworlds artist Michael Benson discusses his images of Saturn – 'one of the most extraordinary things ever seen in nature'.
How the moon got its spots
27 April 2016
Discover how a surface mottled with dark patches reveals the moon's volcanic past.
Whale move: conservation commences
19 April 2016
Watch as our blue whale is moved into storage and the conservators start their work.
Exploring Martian mysteries in lceland's volcanoes
11 April 2016
Learn how Iceland's volcanic terrain is shaping the way scientists explore the surface of Mars.
Pickle jars and precious specimens
23 March 2016
Step behind the scenes of the Museum’s spirit collection with curators Oliver Crimmen and James Maclaine.
Discovering Earth: science meets art
14 March 2016
Learn how space exploration sheds light on the delicate beauty of life on Earth.
Michael Benson: The art of Otherworlds
22 January 2016
Artist Michael Benson explores the 'alchemy' used to transform space agency data into colour images of our solar system.
The storm and the satellite
15 January 2016
Artist Michael Benson explores one of his favourite images: the moon Europa photographed above Jupiter's Great Red Spot.
Mystery of the Barwell meteorite
11 January 2016
Discover how a meteorite fragment in the Museum collection hid a secret about the origins of our solar system.
Tracing our genetic ancestry
17 December 2015
Our DNA offers us the chance to look into our ancient past. Discover what six celebrities learned when they had their DNA analysed.
The oldest human footprints in Europe
Follow the progress of a team of scientists as they realise they have uncovered human footprints that are around 900,000 years old.
The Neanderthal in us
Many of us carry around two per cent Neanderthal DNA in our genes. Prof Chris Stringer discusses why and what it means.
How the Neanderthals got their big noses
7 December 2015
Prof Chris Stringer discusses a Museum fossil that helps explain why Neanderthals looked different to us.
Could life have formed on Mars?
Museum geologists investigate Iceland's volcanic landscape, and ask whether life could have formed under similar conditions on Mars.
Looking at past habitats through a modern lens
27 November 2015
The rediscovery of early twentieth century photographs in the Museum collections has led to an innovative artistic collaboration.
Examining the blue whale: the move begins
17 November 2015
Go behind the scenes as the first bones are taken down from the blue whale skeleton.
Teaser: staging set for blue whale skeleton move
11 November 2015
Watch the scaffolding rising around the blue whale skeleton as the Museum gears up for the move.
Winner’s reaction: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015
14 October 2015
Don Gutoski of Canada was declared the Grand Title winner of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015.
Spot the difference: butterfly or moth?
4 September 2015
Step behind the scenes of our butterflies and moths collection for tips on how to tell the two apart.
Join a dive to see the largest corals on Earth
28 August 2015
Follow the Catlin Seaview Survey team in American Samoa as they dive in search of Big Momma, the world's largest recorded coral.
The last of the mammoths
11 August 2015
Were woolly mammoths a victim of hunting by humans or did their extinction have more to do with an apparent fondness for buttercups?
Naming nature, putting life in order
4 August 2015
How do you name and categorise all life on Earth? Curator Jon Ablett gives an insight into the crucial and never-ending work of taxonomists.
Detective work to tackle debilitating disease in Zanzibar
Follow our researchers’ quest to identify the parasite-carrying culprit.
Fishing for new life
1 August 2015
Meet some of the strange life forms that Museum scientists are uncovering in the peat swamps of southeast Asia.
Plants under pressure
One fifth of the world's plant species are threatened with extinction. Museum scientists and collaborators discuss this shocking statistic.
Sneaky orchids manipulate bees for pollination
30 July 2015
Discover the flowers that go to extraordinary lengths to attract insect pollinators.
Putting the skin on Stegosaurus
27 July 2015
Find out how palaeoartist Robert Nicholls brought the Museum’s Stegosaurus specimen back to life.
The Swindon stegosaur
24 July 2015
Discover Dacentrurus - one of the first stegosaur fossils to be found - which hides in plain sight in the Museum.
Why are coral reefs so important?
23 July 2015
Discover some of the huge benefits they provide humans and other life on Earth in our infographic video.
Paradise in peril
17 July 2015
Coral reef research and conservation experts share their passion, hopes and fears for this underwater paradise.
The smart, the strange and the dangerous: life on a coral reef
8 July 2015
When you live in a secret city of the sea, it’s important to keep your wits about you…
Giant squid: from the deep sea to display
22 June 2015
Curator Jon Ablett tells the tale of how an elusive monster from the deep came to be one of our popular attractions.
Caribbean coral crusaders
8 June 2015
Caribbean reefs are among the most damaged in the world. Find out how young people in the Bahamas are taking action.
Unlocking the secrets of coral spawning
1 July 2018
Witness one of nature's most elusive wonders - the synchronised mass spawning of corals.
Earthworms: humble underground heroes
9 May 2015
Museum scientist and champion of earthworms Emma Sherlock shares her passion for these vital invertebrates.
Mystery of the hairy anglerfish’s huge stomach
8 May 2015
Follow Museum scientists as they solve the decade-long mystery of a rare anglerfish’s bulging stomach.
Sharing the Museum collection, one butterfly at a time
30 April 2015
Digitising our collection is leading to breakthroughs in our understanding of the natural world.
Birth of the blue morphos
13 April 2015
Witness the moment these delicate butterflies emerge from their chrysalises in a time-lapse video.
How to unwrap an animal mummy without touching it
28 March 2015
Join Museum scientists as they reveal a secret kept hidden for over 2,000 years.
Corals: builders of the reef
27 March 2015
Glimpse the extraordinary lives of corals.
Lego tool helps scientists study delicate insect specimens
10 February 2015
A creative tool devised by Museum scientists will make it far easier, quicker and cheaper to compare fragile specimens.
Pictures worth a thousand words
8 January 2015
Find out how the Museum’s traditional artworks and images made using modern techniques help shape our understanding of the natural world.
How to pickle a shark
Follow the journey of a large shark specimen from a beach in Northumberland to being sealed in our spirit collection.
Isles of Scilly field trip: collecting specimens, measuring change
Museum scientists travelled to the Isles of Scilly, Cornwall, to collect fresh specimens to improve our collections.
Borneo biodiversity count
Join Museum scientists as they survey the incredible diversity of invertebrates living in the rainforests of Borneo.
Studying the Stegosaurus skeleton
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the scientific examination of the world's most complete Stegosaurus specimen.
Staghorn survivors: the world's most successful coral?
Layers of rock off the coast of southern England reveal surprising clues about the past and future of today’s coral reefs.
4 December 2014
Watch a time-lapse video of the Museum's new Stegosaurus skeleton being put together.
How to identify a cockchafer May bug
It has a hairy body, orange fan-like antennae and eats roots. Watch the video to find out more.
Fungi: undervalued jewels of the urban jungle
22 November 2013
Fungi expert Mark Spencer reveals striking examples of fungi that flourish in towns and cities.