From the available historical and contemporary, and in some cases already pre-processed, materials data about complete chronology of the research of natural forests development dynamics were excerpted. We have also prepared an overview of major literary works related to the studied topic. Various research projects have been conducted in the Czech virgin forest reserves. This study focuses solely on the works that included research of the natural forests development dynamics, i.e. changes in the structure or texture of a forest stand, characteristics of woody layer and consequently herb layer and soil conditions. Works that have been dealing only with herb layer or soil conditions etc. were not included due to their large quantity and in order to achieve overall clarity of web pages.