From the dinosaurs to dodos and dolphins to giant deer, billions of animals, plants and microbes have died out. In fact, 99% of all species ever to live on Earth are now extinct. Loads more have survived and thrived as a result of the others’ demise.

Extinction: not the end of the world? is being held at the Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, Kensington, where it will explore the crucial role extinction plays in theevolution of life and whether dying out never to be seen again, really is the end of the world.

The show runs from 8th February to 8th September 2013. Adult £9, child and concession £4.50, family £24 and schools £3. More information on www.nhm.ac.uk/extinction, or by telephone: 0207 942 5000.