Discover some of the most important ideas in the theory of evolution with TV’s Steve Backshall and Professor Alice Roberts in a treasure hunt-style trail around the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Sensing Evolution presents the Museum of Natural History in a new way, using the gallery displays to unlock crucial ideas about evolution: How does life adapt, how does it change, and how did we get to be here at all?

Designed to be used during a visit to the Museum, the Sensing Evolution app uses iBeacon technology to unlock videos as you approach the displays on the trail.

Inside the Sensing Evolution app:

- Two levels of trail: Discover, presented by Steve Backshall, for children aged 8+ and families; and Investigate, presented by Professor Alice Roberts, for teenagers and adults.
- Locate displays in the Museum to introduce some key ideas in the theory of evolution, including natural selection, sexual selection, heredity and genetic variation, fossil evidence, Charles Darwin and more.
- Designed for school groups and general visitors, with links to National Curriculum themes on Evolution (schools can book an education session and borrow the Museum’s iPads).
- Multi-choice questions pick up important ideas in the videos.

What’s New

Version 1.2.0

New "Resume" feature enables you to continue the trail where you left off.

Ratings and Reviews

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Gyng34 ,

More please!

My six year old had a fantastic time with both trails and learned loads from it. Please could you load more trails like this!!


University of Oxford
82.5 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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