Welcome to Ask a Biologist
This is a site aimed mostly at school kids and is devoted to providing the best scientific information available to anyone who is interested in any aspect of biology (the study of life) including palaeontology (the study of the history of life). But don’t be put off; we accept questions from anyone who asks - whatever their age! We want to take you beyond the classroom - if you want to know more on any subject that interests you, then ask us and we will help you to find the answer.
Everything you see here is written by professional scientists who are experts in their own areas of interest. These people give up their free time to help you, so please use them to learn and enjoy science. Between us we work on dinosaurs, sea scorpions, ecology, human evolution, spiders, cell biology, evolution, birds, human and animal behaviour, human medicine, physiology, forests, conservation, genetics, fish, 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 of the argument and the reasons why we may favour one or the other. We want you to enjoy science and to be as excited about life on earth as we are. Simply send us a question and one of our experts will post a reply as soon as they can.
Lastly, one important thing: we are not here to do your homework for you so please do not be too upset if we suggest you try looking the answer up in a textbook or on the internet.