Find out what's happening in our busy Natural Sciences department.

Header image: Artist’s impression of Atopodentatus. Image courtesy of Yu Wang, Institute of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Palaeoantropology.

What can a 100-million year old fly tell us?

A newly published account of early Cretaceous parasitism in amber.

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An ancient grey whale: A first for Norway

Unlocking the secrets of archaeological whale bone.

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All about African flies

A new publication covering our knowledge of flies from sub-Saharan Africa.

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Comparative analysis of vestibular ecomorphology in birds

Is it possible to infer the agility or manoeuvrability of a fossil animal from the shape of its labyrinth?

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The genetics of Asian lions in zoos

A newly published project examines genetic variation in the Asian lion population in European zoos.

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The power of social media

The use of social media platforms in promoting entomological collections.

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Sorting the Jurassic jumble

Re-examining the mammal-like herbivores of the Scottish Middle Jurassic.

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Fossil Motherlodes

Discoveries of occurrences of exceptionally preserved fossils.

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When is a dinosaur an ostrich?

Why we may have to wait for the Jurassic Park experience.

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Fossil embryo

An exquisitely preserved fossil of an embryo of extinct marine reptile has been described from China from rocks that are about 245 million years old.

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Brains and behaviour

A new study into brains and behaviour in extinct mammals and birds.

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Jurassic fossil from Skye

A Jurassic fossil from Skye provides first evidence of milk producing mammals in Scotland.

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Environmental enrichment for captive Killer whales

A look at how environmental enrichment affects captive Killer whale skeletons by mimicking natural behaviours.

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A new Triassic discovery

Meet Pectodens zhenyuensis, the latest Middle Triassic fossil of southern China to be described.

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