Lates at the Natural History Museum

This month the Lates is themed around ‘nature at its most extreme.’ Highlights include: Museum scientist Richard Sabin taking you on a gallery tour of the largest and toughest mammals in the world. A comedic take on the extremes of nature with the improvised theatre of The Wunderkammer, and hear from Museum experts. Chili peppers: Turning […]

Designing Healthy Behaviour

Whilst our brains were designed by evolution to produce behaviour that was good for our ancestors, in today’s world we use addictive  substances, eat too much, exercise too little and leave ourselves prey  to ancient and emerging infections. To change such behaviours we need to understand the evolved causes of behaviour motives and habits in […]

Skeletons in the Closet: The Grant Museum

Continuing the Hunterian Museum’s Lunchtime Lecture series is this talk by Jack Ashby, Museum Manager of the Grant Museum of Zoology at University College London. The Grant Museum is one of the country’s oldest and best stocked natural history museums. Jack will tell its eclectic history, discussing both the highs ( museum’s controversial founder Robert Grant […]

The Story of Life

How was the code of DNA cracked? How did it confirm the theory of evolution? And why did life evolve the way it did? To celebrate their ground-breaking new books, Matthew Cobb and Nick Lane will come together to unravel the tangled story of DNA and answer the vital question: why are we as we are, and why are we here at all?

Level Up Human

Evolution has gotten lazy and needs a prod. Wouldn’t life be so much better if it had more tentacles? Or imagine becoming a cyborg or having a prehensile face. We’ll talk about these scientific breakthroughs and hear what you have to say about the next steps for evolution. Your vote will contribute to our view of the future of humanity!

Cuckoos and their victims: An evolutionary arms race

The sight of a little warbler feeding an enormous cuckoo chick has astonished observers since ancient times. It was once thought that cuckoos were unable to raise their own young because of defective anatomy and behaviour, and so other birds were only too delighted to help them. This quaint view was overturned by Darwin, who suggested that the cuckoos’ parasitic habits were advantageous and that their host species were tricked.

Convergence: Information, evolution, and intelligent design

The concept of information is fundamental to all areas of science, and ubiquitous in daily life in the Internet Age. However, it is still not well understood despite being recognised for more than 40 years. In this talk, Daniel Dennett will explore steps towards a unified theory of information, through common threads in evolution, learning, and engineering.

The Digital Dinosaur

Discover how cutting-edge scientific techniques such as laser scanning are helping Museum scientists study the 150 million year old stegosaurus.