Hello, and welcome to online Biology & Palaeontology Q&A. This is a special site aimed at schools and devoted to providing the best scientific information available to school kids around the UK and abroad. I’m sorry to say that we are not here to do your homework for you, but if you want more information on any aspect of biology ( the study of life) or palaeontology (the study of the history of life) then we are here to help. For now, this is just a test site, if we are successful and this looks to be working, then please let us know! For now we will start with biology (living things) and palaeontology (fossils) but we hope to expand to other branches of science soon. We want to take you beyond the classroom - if you want to know more, then come here to ask us and find out.
Collectively we are a group of over 20 professional scientists, (museum and ecology workers, PhD students, lecturers, researchers, PostDocs and even the odd professor!) who want to help you out. We think that kids don’t always get the access to real scientific information (or real scientists!) outside of the classroom so we are here to do just that. There are lots of sources online already, from Wikipedia and university sites, to people’s homepages and forums. Some are great, many are average, many are terrible – but everything here will be written by a professional scientist who is an expert in your area of interest. These people are willingly giving up their own free time to help you, so please use them to learn and enjoy science, between us we work on dinosaurs, sea scorpions, ecology, biogeography, human evolution, spiders, cell biology, evolution, birds, fish, animal behaviour, physiology, forests, insects, conservation, genetics, worms and plenty more besides.
We believe in being honest: if we (or science) as a whole do not know the answer, then we will say so. If there is a debate on the subject we will give you both sides and the reasons why we may favor one or the other. We want you to enjoy science and to be as excited about life as we are. Simply add a question and one of our experts will post the question and a reply as soon as they can.
David Hone set up the site and acts as a kind of guardian / administrator. If you wish to contact him, please e-mail at: d.hone(AT)lrz.uni-muenchen.de
One last point, this site is devoted to science. That which can be observed, recorded, measured and tested. No one on this site has an anti-religious agenda (indeed several of our contributors are religious) but this website is purely about science, not religion.
Thanks, now ask away and we shall do our best to answer you.