Welcome to Biology & Palaeontology Questions and Answers!
This is a new service aimed at school children across the UK to help them get involved and interested in science. Collectively we are a group of professional biologists and biology workers (ecologists, museum curators, science writers and the like) who have got together to answer your questions about biology.
Do you want to know more about life on Earth? If there is anything from a class that has got you interest and you want to know more, then we are the people to ask! Anything from a TV documentary, or a film with some dodgy science then we can help to explain it. Everything that you read here will be provided by real, working scientists who are experts in all aspects of biology. Do you want to know why the dinosaurs went extinct? Why do birds migrate? How do zoo breeding programmes work? How many species there are in the world? How do flys stick to celings? Why are some birds more brightly coloured than others? Why do cats eyes glow in the dark? Which were the biggest dinosaurs? What do you have to do to get a PhD in biology? How can you tell species apart? What are collections in museums used for? We will answer all of these and more!
We are dedicated to bringing you real answers to real questions and we hope that we can show you what it is like to be a real biologist, how you can get involved in biology and science, and how to learn more for yourself about science. If you look below at our older posts (and back into the archives on the right) you will see some mini-biographies of many of the people who will be answering your questions.
As you can see whe cover all kinds of biological studies, from people working in practical conservation like Dave Warburton and Matt Parratt, to palaeontologists like Erik Tetlie and Adam Smith, museum researchers like Paulo Viscardi and Peter Howlett, through to 'true' biologists like Jonathan Codd and Stuart Longhorn. We even have science writers like Carl Zimmer and Isabell Schwenkert, a climatologist in Tanja Sanders and even a human anatomist (and medical doctor) Alice Roberts.
Together, we are in a great position to answer your questions about biology, evolution, palaeontology, fossils, conservation and the environment. All you have to is click on the 'comments' button that appears at the bottom of this post (or any of the more recent posts), put in your first name, your age and your question, and then submit it. One of us will get back to you as soon as possible with an answer to your question. We will post up your question and our answer as a new post (like this one) on the main board so it is easy to find!
All of us are doing this in our spare time, so it may take us a few days or even a week to answer your question so please be patient and check back frequently! Of course, there will be lots of questions being answered all the time, so hopefully there will always be something of interest for you to read. We also have some links to other interesting biology sites on the right had side (including blogs from our contributors!), so check these out for some more sicence.
There is a bit more info about us in our July archives: but for right now you can look at the profiles of our contributers and bloggers below, look through the links or submit a question. We look forward to answering your questions, so give us some to answer!