Our researchers are tackling challenges in Earth science, from the formation of the solar system and the evolution of life, through deep time to the characterisation of new mineral species.
The Museum's vast collections of meteorites, rocks, minerals and fossils support our staff's expertise in natural resources, planetary geology and the evolution of life on Earth.
Vertebrate and anthropology palaeobiology
Invertebrate and plant palaeobiology
Mineral and planetary sciences
The mineral sciences group manages one of the world's most significant mineral collections and researches the crystal chemistry and physical properties of natural inorganic structures.
Earth sciences news
Stromboli's 'rejuvenation' heralds era of more variable volcanic eruptions
An unexpected series of eruptions at Stromboli may be due to changes in the volcano's internal 'plumbing'.16 December 2022
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Stunning bright blue, red and pink minerals go on display at the Museum
The minerals, Tanzanite, Morganite and Rhodochrosite, are richly coloured, great in size and scientifically significant.16 March 2022
Greenland asteroid struck world recovering from dinosaur extinction
While its impacts are uncertain, it could have caused the world to warm significantly.11 March 2022
Volcano 'recharging' can give clues about its next eruption
The way a volcano is filled with boiling hot magma can help improve forecasts of how it will next erupt.7 January 2022