Our researchers are tackling compelling challenges in earth science research, 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 unique expertise in natural resources, planetary geology and the evolution of life on Earth.
Using our fossil invertebrate collections to investigate the quality of the geological record.
Using our palaeobotany collections to unravel the origins and evolution of plants over the last 470 million years.
Reconstructing past environments and locating hydrocarbon reserves using our huge microfossil collection.
Researching the formation, discovery and sustainability of Earth's natural resources.
Using DNA preserved in ancient biological specimens to trace molecular evolutionary processes through time and space.
Earth sciences news
Key past environmental impacts could predict the future of marine life under climate change.
An exceptional example of the saw-like nose of an extinct fish has entered the collection.
A potential new blood test could catch early-stage breast cancer, replacing invasive biopsies.