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The wild­life trade en­com­passes all ma­jor branches of the biological tree of life – but still largely re­mains a mys­tery


The wildlife trade is a multibillion-dollar industry that threatens biodiversity. Exploiting wildlife by selling it, their parts or their products is one of the most profitable activities in the world.

Di­verse live­li­hoods helped re­si­li­ent Levän­luhta people sur­vive a cli­mate dis­as­ter


A multidisciplinary research group coordinated by the University of Helsinki dated the bones of dozens of Iron Age residents of the Levänluhta site in Finland, and studied the carbon and nitrogen stable isotope ratios.

Aino Juslén elected as vice-chair of DiSSCo General Assembly


The Distributed System of Scientific Collections (DiSSCo) is a new world-class Research Infrastructure (RI) for natural science collections. Dr.

Scientists warn humanity about worldwide insect decline, and suggest ways to recognise and avert its consequences


Insect declines and extinctions are accelerating in many parts of the world. With this comes the disappearance of irreplaceable services to humans, the consequences of which are unpredictable. A group of scientists from across the globe has united to warn humanity of such dangers.

Pho­tos taken by Kon­sta Punkka tell about cli­mate change research – Ex­hib­i­tion open un­till 15th of March


Is it possible to make an impact through photographs? Yes it is, answers Konsta Punkka, an well-known nature and wildlife photographer, who uses his skills for communicating about climate change.

The Natural History Museum closed 13.–17.1.2020


The Natural History Museum will be closed from Monday to Friday 13–17.1.2020 due to maintenance work. We apologise for the inconvenience.

#ICOScapes photo exhibition at the Natural History Museum


The #ICOScapes Photo Exhibition highlights unique environments where scientists work at ICOS greenhouse gas measurement stations. The photographs were taken by internationally celebrated photographer Konsta Punkka. The Photo Exhibition is open at the Natural History Museum from 23rd January to 15th 

Finnish Mu­seum of Natural His­tory re­ceives Uni­versity of Helsinki Open Science Award


The Finnish Museum of Natural History was recognised for its extensive long-term work for open science. The first University of Helsinki Open Science Award was granted in 2017.

When ter­mites cul­tiv­ate fungi, the queen gets the best bits


Architecture, recycling and fungus cultivation are not inventions exclusive to humans! Termites living in Africa and South Asia have been advancing those innovations successfully for more than 30 million years.

Sig­ni­fic­ant in­sect col­lec­tion from Aca­dem­i­cian Hanski donated to the Finnish Mu­seum of Natural His­tory


Ilkka Hanski’s insect collection includes 13,423 pinned individuals from 343 species of little-known beetles and flies from Madagascar, Borneo, Sulawesi, Sumatra as well as parts of the African continent and South America.