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Palaeontology [online] is a website covering all aspects of palaeontology. The site is updated with articles about the cutting edge of research, by the researchers themselves. These are usually written by experts in the field, but are aimed at non-specialists. Articles vary widely in their content: some serve as an introduction to palaeontological or interdisciplinary fields, while others outline events in the history of palaeontology. Some contributions include summaries of recent findings and advances in rapidly evolving disciplines, and some focus on a particular geographic region or time period. Finally, some of our articles are based on the experience of being a palaeontologist – what life and work is really like as a fossil worker.  Our online format allows researchers to explain their work with the aid of an unlimited number of figures and videos.

Commissioning editors (who are responsible for inviting contributions and overseeing the website) are:

Russell Garwood: Invertebrate palaeontologist currently an 1851 Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, working on the 3D reconstruction of ancient arthropods.

Peter Falkingham: Postdoctoral research fellow in the fields of vertebrate palaeontology and ichnology (trace fossils), currently based jointly between the Royal Veterinary College London, UK, and Brown University, Providence, USA.

Alan Spencer: Palaeobotanist based at Imperial College, whose web programming and website design skills make him perfectly qualified to be the webmaster of Palaeontology [online].

Imran Rahman: Postdoctoral researcher in invertebrate palaeontology and evolutionary genetics, based at the University of Bristol, who specializes in the origin and early evolution of echinoderms.

The articles are sub-edited by:

Anna Novitzky: Science writer with masters degrees in Chemistry and History of Science, who currently works as a subeditor at the journal Nature.

Social media is handled by:

Verity BennettEvolutionary biologist currently based at University College London specialising in the evolution of marsupial diversity.

Palaeontology [online] is sponsored by The Palaeontological Association.

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