Latest news about research and collections from the Earth Sciences Department.
Scientists at the Museum identify a 520-million-year-old fossilised brain.
Scientists detect cryptotephra, a microscopic volcanic glass, from an ancient Italian eruption.
Museum scientists use techniques for designing F1 cars to reveal dinosaur feeding habits.
Museum scientists reveal how the 4-legged dinosaurs stood for the first time.
Museum scientists identify a dwarf mammoth in the Mediterranean. Video.
The origin of the unusual beak of pufferfishes has been discovered by Museum scientists.
One human skull may look a lot like another. Chris Stringer highlights the features that ID Homo sapiens.
Other large dinosaurs may have had feathers. Dinosaur expert Paul Barrett gives his view.
Models on ice-age plant and animal movements reveal clues to human evolution.
They may look like something out of a science fiction movie, but the living horseshoe crab has survived major extinctions.
Sense of smell may have been as important as language in giving modern humans an evolutionary advantage over other human relatives.
Museum dinosaur expert Paul Barrett comments on this sauropod research.
Scientists at the Museum find first direct evidence that Anomalocaris had compound eyes with 16,000 lenses.
Museum dinosaur expert Paul Barrett comments on the new Spinops dinosaur research.
A jawbone from Kent's Cavern is dated to between 41,000-44,000 years old.
After 5 years of discussion, the Museum's Archaeopteryx is official type specimen.
Humans with primitive skull features were still living in West Africa 13,000 years ago.
How does Archaeopteryx fit in with bird origins? Museum's Paul Barrett and Angela Milner give their views.
At almost 2 million years old, a human-like species from caves at Malapa in South Africa may be the ancestor to the first humans.
A 2-metre-long skull makes its way to the Lyme Regis Museum.
If anyone knows, it's likely to be the Museum's Chris Stringer, author of the new book The Origin of Our Species.
The first spinosaur dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of Australia is uncovered by Museum scientists.
The Museum begins the return of ancestral remains to the Torres Strait Island community. Watch a video.
This weekend, families and Museum scientists head to the Jurassic Coast for the Fossil Festival.
A genetic study of African hunter-gatherers suggests modern humans evolved in southern Africa rather than in the east.
Watch the video and find out about the earliest known examples of human skulls made into cups, revealed today by Museum scientists.
A new group of ancient humans interbred with our species and left behind a genetic trace. Chris Stringer talks about the research.