The secret history of Hope the blue whale has finally been revealed
21 September 2018
Evidence suggests she may have given birth the year before she died.
Fat molecules preserved in a 558-million-year-old fossil help settle decades-old debate
The discovery of cholesterol is consistent with Dickinsonia being an animal.
Net to catch space debris around Earth is successfully deployed
20 September 2018
Scientists are trying to clean up the tens of thousands of pieces of junk in space.
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.
Water voles return to Exmoor for the first time in 30 years
13 September 2018
The rodents are being reintroduced in the hope of starting a new colony.
The oldest drawing ever found is a stone 'hashtag'
12 September 2018
The earliest human drawing, dating back to the Stone Age, has been found in a cave in South Africa.
The UN is aiming to protect the last remaining ocean wilderness
11 September 2018
Is this enough to save the world's oceans?
Biggest river delta ever discovered on Mars hints at an ancient ocean
10 September 2018
Researchers have found evidence that suggests Mars once had an ancient ocean and a water cycle similar to Earth's.
Fossils of extinct dwarf emu destroyed by golf course
7 September 2018
Dwarf emus were driven to extinction by humans. Now their remains are at risk too.
Anning Rooms open to Museum Members
3 September 2018
New rooms for Members and Patrons of the Museum have been named in celebration of palaeontologist Mary Anning.
First look at Wildlife Photographer of the Year 54
Preview the latest Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition images.
Tracing the evolution of the aubergine
30 August 2018
Researchers are delving into the origin of the aubergine by sequencing its DNA.
OSIRIS-REx has snapped the first images of asteroid Bennu
29 August 2018
The spacecraft will continue taking three pictures a week until it reaches the asteroid.
Is 2018 a bumper year for wasps?
24 August 2018
It's been a long, hot summer and now that August is drawing to a close, wasps are out in full force.
Ancient child from Siberia was Neanderthal and Denisovan hybrid
23 August 2018
Fragments of bone from a Siberian cave reveal ancient human species were mating.
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.
'Asteroid forensics' could reveal the origin of water
17 August 2018
Meteorite impacts may have been key to life on Earth.
NASA launches solar probe to study the Sun
15 August 2018
The Parker Solar Probe will get closer to the Sun than any other spacecraft in history.
Close-up images of asteroid Ryugu captured by spacecraft Hayabusa2
10 August 2018
Discover the story behind the latest images to come from a Japanese sample return asteroid mission.
More whales and dolphins than ever spotted in the UK
7 August 2018
It has been a record year for cetacean sightings in the waters around Britain.
You can name the Museum's cutest members of staff
31 August 2018
Three lambs have been born to the Museum's sheep, and you can name them.
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.
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.
Ancient human teeth suggest new links between prehistoric African populations
The teeth are helping us to understand how ancient human populations interacted.
It's official: we can't terraform Mars
30 July 2018
Scientists have concluded that there is not enough carbon dioxide on Mars for humans to live on the planet.
Liquid water found beneath the surface of Mars
26 July 2018
The presence of a subglacial lake could provide an environment for life
The blood Moon: a guide to the longest lunar eclipse of the century
25 July 2018
This weekend, the Moon will be eclipsed for an hour and 43 minutes.
Herd of sauropod dinosaurs become the oldest diplodocoids ever discovered
24 July 2018
The discovery is changing how scientists think these dinosaurs evolved.
Museum scientist immortalised after asteroid is named in their honour
19 July 2018
Orbiting between Mars and Jupiter, the asteroid has been named after the Museum's Head of Collections.
Museum membership packs go plastic-free
18 July 2018
All membership packs and magazines will now be mailed in 100% biodegradable or recyclable packaging.
New deep-sea species discovered in Pacific conservation zones
17 July 2018
Researchers have discovered several new animal species living on the Pacific seafloor.
Are horsefly bites on the rise?
16 July 2018
As the weather warms up the UK is often swarmed with reports of biting horseflies. A Museum fly expert explains what is going on.
The way we have been thinking about the first modern humans in Africa could be wrong
11 July 2018
A new paper challenges the traditional idea that our species evolved from a single population in one region of Africa.
Searching for plastic in the belly of a seal
6 July 2018
Scientists have been investigating the last meals of a seal in search of plastic.
The lost dogs of America
5 July 2018
There are about 90 million dogs living in North America, but where did they all come from?
Pregnant grey seal found with possible bullet wound in its head
4 July 2018
Museum scientists have found a metal fragment embedded in the skull of a seal found on a UK beach.
Baby planet's birth caught on camera
3 July 2018
New stars and planets are being born all the time, but it's not often that scientists get catch a glimpse of the process.
New evidence of ancient child sacrifice found in Turkey
28 June 2018
Remains of young people who were ritually sacrificed have been found from Bronze Age Mesopotamia.
Dragonfly wings could inspire new aeroplane flight control
27 June 2018
Scientists are studying the way dragonflies fly in the hope of making small planes more stable and robust.
How slug slime could help heal a broken heart
22 June 2018
Scientists have developed new adhesives inspired by some very sticky slugs.
Why are some seabirds better at avoiding eating plastic?
21 June 2018
Some shearwaters in Australia appear to be better than others at avoiding feeding plastic to their chicks.
Rare meteorite from the edge of the solar system falls in farmer's field
15 June 2018
At around 4.5 billion years old, the Mukundpura meteorite may hold key information about the early solar system.
Measuring the teeth of an ancient reptile
13 June 2018
Scientists have peered inside the tooth of the extinct reptile Eilenodon.
Dredged from the deep: huge donation of specimens arrives from the ocean floor
8 June 2018
Thousands of ocean animal specimens have joined the Museum's collections, including a group of rare anglerfish.
The brain worm that turns ants into zombies
5 June 2018
First for the first time, scientists have an image of what happens inside an ant's brain when it is infected with a parasitic worm.
Scientists have traced what dinosaur DNA could have looked like
25 May 2018
Researchers uncovered how the genome of a dinosaur might have looked by studying turtles and birds.
Ancient meteorite gives a glimpse into the crust of Mars
24 May 2018
A meteorite sample from the Museum collection is revealing more about how and when the crust of the Red Planet formed.
Animal DNA to be frozen in huge national bank
23 May 2018
The DNA of thousands of animals, including endangered species, is being collected in a national network of freezers.
New beetle is named after London Pride beer
17 May 2018
A Brazilian beetle in the genus Metallactus has been named after an ale.
Risso's dolphin on Great Yarmouth beach is latest UK stranding
A dolphin that washed up on a beach in Norfolk is one of the latest cetaceans to strand.
Creating a computer-generated Neanderthal
11 May 2018
Hollywood star Andy Serkis worked with Museum experts to create an animated Neanderthal.
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.
The caterpillars causing allergic reactions in London
2 May 2018
The Forestry Commission has issued an alert about an outbreak of toxic OPM caterpillars in London.
Taking a spectacled porpoise to hospital
1 May 2018
The Museum's spectacled porpoise specimen went on a rather unusual trip, all in the name of science.
To boldly go where no phycologist has gone before
30 April 2018
Seaweed experts visit the Falklands' remote coastlines to uncover new species.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year image disqualified
27 April 2018
It was concluded by scientists that it is highly likely the animal in the awarded photograph is a taxidermy specimen.
Hundreds of hummingbirds get a makeover
Cleaning over 300 specimens takes time and a lot of dexterity.
Studying tiny, tropical and ancient marine invertebrates
25 April 2018
Museum palaeontologist Emanuela Di Martino has been studying ancient bryozoans to understand ocean diversity.
New Centre for Human Evolution Research announced
The new centre will allow scientists to collaborate more closely and share pioneering research.
Just one spore could kill Europe's last ash trees
23 April 2018
Scientists believe that the arrival of just one more ash dieback spore could kill off Europe's remaining ash trees.
Sex, genes and boozy fruit: inside the life of a vinegar fly
20 April 2018
Dr Erica McAlister, a fly expert at the Museum, explains how these small animals are doing great things.
Blue-green algae from legendary Captain Scott expedition help study of climate change
5 April 2018
This discovery will allow scientists to look at the effects of climate change on blue-green algae and their toxins in Antarctica.
Island species threatened by extinction due to climate change
3 April 2018
Studying an Indian Ocean paradise is helping to reveal which animals living on low-lying islands are at risk from rising temperatures.
Sir David Attenborough films new documentary at Museum
30 March 2018
The broadcaster visited Natural History Museum collections to create a documentary revealing the wonder of birds' eggs.
Meteorite reveals the oldest magnets in the solar system
29 March 2018
Researchers have been studying the magnetic fields of 4.6-billion-year-old meteorites.
245-million-year-old reptile finally gets a name
Scientists have formally given an ancient reptile a name, over 80 years since its fossils were found in Tanzania.
Why the Coral Triangle is the most important part of the ocean
28 March 2018
It's the most diverse part of the ocean, but plenty of people have never heard of it.
Museum first to sell zero-plastic canned spring water
27 March 2018
Canned water will be replacing single-use plastic bottles.
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.
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.
Ancient human DNA recovered from the oldest cemetery in Africa
16 March 2018
Museum archaeologists have helped to uncover clues to the people who lived in North Africa 15,000 years ago.
Sir David Attenborough on bringing wildlife into your living room
12 March 2018
Sir David Attenborough has had a 60-year career in TV - but he's still interested in new ways of delivering nature to your door.
Explore the Museum's collection with Sir David Attenborough
6 March 2018
Virtual reality is providing unprecedented access to the Museum's most precious specimens.
What caused tens of thousands of dead starfish to wash up on a Kent beach?
5 March 2018
Thousands of sea creatures blanketed the beach in Kent in one of the biggest mass strandings on record in the UK.
Plant life on Earth is much older than we thought
26 February 2018
Plants appeared on Earth 100 million years earlier than scientists previously thought.
The Beaker people: a new population for ancient Britain
22 February 2018
Ancient DNA reveals that the British population was all but wiped out and replaced roughly 4,400 years ago.
From the Museum to Mars: a meteorite returns home
14 February 2018
A piece of Martian meteorite is being returned to the red planet by NASA.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 53: People's Choice winner
13 February 2018
A moment of budding connection between a man and a lowland gorilla has won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year People's Choice award.
Dippy the Diplodocus begins UK tour
9 February 2018
Dippy the Diplodocus skeleton has been installed in Dorset, the first stop of a UK-wide tour.
Digitising the louse collection: we’ve been itching to tell you more
7 February 2018
The Museum has digitised its collection of more than 70,000 parasitic lice.
The stag beetles with bolt-cutter jaws
1 February 2018
A fourth mandible variation has been identified in some species of Odontolabis stag beetles and it's been named 'Boltcutter'.
What is a supermoon?
30 January 2018
A supermoon is a regular part of the Moon's orbit of Earth, appearing larger and brighter in the sky. But why does this happen, and should we care?
Humans left Africa 40,000 years earlier than we thought
25 January 2018
A newly-discovered fossil jawbone has revealed that Homo sapiens had already left Africa 180,000 years ago.
A mission to map the hidden ocean floor
A Museum scientist will be one of the first to examine a newly exposed part of the Antarctic sea floor.
New life found at the bottom of Antarctic seas
A massive survey of life in the freezing seas around Antarctica has shown that they harbour many more animals than previously thought.
Documentary to reveal surprising face of Britain’s oldest complete human
24 January 2018
A television documentary will follow Museum scientists as they help deduce the astonishing facial appearance of Britain's oldest complete skeleton, Cheddar Man.
Diplodocus head is 3D printed
This is what happens when a Jurassic dinosaur is introduced to twenty-first century technology.
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.
Stunning image of the Earth from three million miles away captured by OSIRIS-REx
5 January 2018
This picture of the Earth and the Moon was captured by a NASA spacecraft on a mission to learn more about where life started.
10 things to look forward to at the Museum in 2018
3 January 2018
From mammals to Moon rock, there will be plenty of natural history to explore at the Museum and beyond in 2018.