Thursday, July 31, 2008

Encyclopedia of Life

Mom is always looking for fun science stuff and when she heard about this site, she asked me to share it with you.

The Encyclopedia of Life is a portal for all species of life on Earth. An online reference and database on all 1.8 million known species, this website will help the world better understand life on Earth.

According to their website, their goals are:
1. Create a constantly evolving encyclopedia that lives on the Internet, with contributions from scientists and amateurs alike.
2. Transform the science of biology, and inspire a new generation of scientists, by aggregating virtually all known data about every living species.
3. Engage a wide audience of schoolchildren, educators, citizen scientists, academics and those who are just curious about Earth's species.
4. Increase our collective understanding of life on Earth, and safeguard the richest possible spectrum of biodiversity.

The first version of the portal is up and running. It contains about 25 exemplar species pages. Each page has been authenticated by scientists. There are tens of thousands of additional species page, but these pages do not contain the extensive content that is found on the exemplar pages.

This project is a work in progress. The task of documenting everything on Earth is huge, but thankfully there are people who believe that this task is essential. Check out your favorite species at

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