The Natural History Museum is one of three large museums on Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, England (the others are the Science Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum). Its main frontage is on Cromwell Road. The museum is an exempt charity, and a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The museum is home to life and earth science specimens comprising some 70 million items within five main collections: Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology and Zoology. The museum is a world-renowned centre of research, specialising in taxonomy, identification and conservation. Given the age of the institution, many of the collections have great historical as well as scientific value, such as specimens collected by Darwin. The Natural History Museum Library contains extensive books, journals, manuscripts, and artwork collections linked to the work and research of the scientific departments. Access to the library is by appointment only.
Scientists have named the 200th caecilian species
Natural History Museum scientists have named the 200th caecilian species, marking a landmark in our understanding of this enigmatic group of amphibians.
Breakthrough DNA study could slow big cat extinction
New research comparing genes from living lions with ancient lion remains could help scientists boost dwindling populations.
Letter from 1909 could solve missing fish riddle
A letter sent to the Museum more than a hundred years ago could unravel the mystery absence of the freshwater river blenny from the island of Cyprus.
Researchers find lungs in amphibian previously reported to be lungless
The discovery of a well-developed lung and working nostrils has overturned the mistaken identity of an amphibian previously reported to be lungless.
Found: One beaver
A mystery beaver sighted in Devon could be the first case of the wild animal in England for 800 years.
Skulls suggest Romans in London enjoyed human blood sports
A joint research project between the Museum of London and the Natural History Museum has re-evaluated human remains discovered under the London Wall in 1988.
Botanists gear up for second phase of Red List project
Museum scientists are planning the next stage of a study to reveal the global destruction of plant life.
Ship strike kills two whales in Norfolk waters
Two dead minke whales have been found on Norfolk beaches in the past week.
Life may have arrived from space
New research shows that organic molecules, on which life is based, can survive the impact from a meteorite.
3-D scans reveal deep-sea anglerfish's huge final meal (w/ Video)
Museum imaging experts discover that an anglerfish in the collections ate a fish twice its length, giving it an enormous expanded stomach.
Neanderthals may have made a meal of animal stomachs
(Phys.org) —Plant material found on Neanderthal teeth suggests they had a better understanding of their food than previously thought.
'Unequivocal' evidence that global warming is man-made
(Phys.org) —A report from a panel of global scientists has offered the strongest evidence yet that climate change is a direct result of human behaviour.
Radiocarbon dating on Museum human remains re-dates Egyptian history
New mathematical data drawn from radiocarbon dating of human remains has been used to create the first fully scientific estimate of the creation of Egypt.
Newly discovered wasp is a parasitic piggyback
A previously unknown species of parasitoid wasp that rides on the back of damselflies before laying eggs inside their eggs, has been discovered in Taiwan by a team of scientists, including an entomologist ...
Feeding the future using seed banks
Better use of the world's seed banks could help provide a practical solution to future food shortages, according to an article in Nature, co-authored by a Natural History Museum scientist.