Find out what's happening in our Natural Sciences department.
Welcome to our news pages. Here we post updates about our work, research, and new discoveries.
An emperor's eggstraordinary egg
Wednesday 29 September, 2021
A new acquisition highlighting the way our collections continue to document the impact of rapid environmental change.
Understanding ecosystems, protecting nature
Wednesday 22 September, 2021
National Museums Scotland's involvement in an initiative aiming to read complete genomes of all species living in Britain and Ireland.
An unexpected assemblage of brachiopods
Thursday 22 July, 2021
New paper contributes to the knowledge of marine invertebrate faunas in the early Ordovician.
A Lions Kingdom in Decline
Tuesday 22 June, 2021
A recent paper reveals a double blow to lion populations over the last 20,000 years.
Nature's Palette: Colouring our World
Wednesday 2 June, 2021
A lavishly illustrated new guide to Werner’s Nomenclature of Colour marking the bicentenary of the publication of the second edition.
SPNHC Conference 2022
Thursday 13 May, 2021
This joint meeting will take place from 4—10 June 2022 in Edinburgh.
New beetle atlas launched
Thursday 18 March, 2021
A comprehensive new atlas covering 75 species across three charismatic beetle families has been launched.
Old specimens, new techniques
Monday 9 November, 2020
Cutting-edge technology is revealing fascinating new information from Triassic fossils.
Truesly amazing whale discovery!
Monday 2 November, 2020
The first recorded stranding of True’s beaked whale, Mesoplodon mirus, in Britain.
Fascinating fungus gnats
Monday 7 September, 2020
New paper sheds light on the evolution and classification of predatory fungus gnats (Diptera: Keroplatidae).
Amazing meteorite acquisition
Monday 9 March, 2020
A lunar meteorite and two tektites have recently been acquired for the Earth Systems research collections.
Outstanding donation of insect specimens
Thursday 27 February, 2020
An outstanding donation of over 40,000 aquatic insect specimens from the Scottish River Endrick.
Disentangling wing shape evolution
Thursday 25 July, 2019
A recent paper looks at the wing shapes of a South African mayfly, known as the spiny-crawlers (Teloganodidae).