From the world's longest insect and Neanderthal diets, to a mysterious new insect and a dual sex moth, read some of our fascinating top natural history stories from 2008.
The fossil of a 150-million-year-old sea reptile that grew to 15m in length was discovered in the Arctic last February. Hear from dinosaur expert Angela Milner about why it is such a spectacular find.
The world's longest insect was revealed at the Natural History Museum last October. Watch a video showing the stick insect from Borneo.
A year ago in January scientists revealed an unusual British dinosaur. It was shown to have a skull that functioned like that of a fish-eating crocodile.
Galapagos mockingbirds, not finches, gave Darwin his evolution ideas. Find out more in this article and video.
Museum scientists led expeditions to unexplored forest in Costa Rica and discover 3 new species of salamander.
An insect not seen in the UK before was discovered in the Wildlife Garden in July and is still baffling insect experts. Watch a video too.
New evidence published in September revealed Neanderthals ate seafood such as shellfish, mussels and even seal. Read the article and watch the video.
Evidence of the earliest humans, living more than 1 million years ago in western Europe, was revealed in March. Hear from human origins expert Chris Stringer.
A swimsuit worn by Olympic athletes in Beijing was developed using the science of shark skin at the Natural History Museum.
In May, a rare dual sex moth emerged in the pupae nursery of the Amazing Butterflies exhibition.
Other popular article themes were the stunning winning images from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the opening of the Museum's blockbuster Darwin exhibition, open now until April 2009, and the countdown to the opening of the Museum's state-of-the-art Darwin Centre building.