Science  02 Mar 2007:
Vol. 315, Issue 5816, pp. 1201a
DOI: 10.1126/science.315.5816.1201a

SYMBIOSIS. In 1989, Niles Eldredge of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City collaborated with his sons Greg and Doug to write a children's book called The Fossil Factory. Now the 63-year-old evolutionary biologist is teaming up with Greg to edit a new journal from Springer titled Outreach and Education in Evolution.

Father and son have benefited professionally from each other over the years. While writing The Fossil Factory, Niles recalls, “my kids made it clear to me what kids could actually respond to. Now they're teachers and can tell me what teachers can respond to.”

Greg, who teaches learning-disabled children in New York City, says his father has always been a “fantastic resource.” A favorite family story relates to a class visit to the 2005 Darwin exhibit Niles curated. Seeing a case displaying various mammalian skeletons, one student was particularly impressed by the hand of a chimp. “That's it, I believe the whole thing,” the student exclaimed.

The quarterly journal, which will feature articles by both biologists and teachers, could debut as early as this fall.

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