A team of 8 to 10 year-old kids in the United Kingdom have written and published an article on their research on bumblebee. The scientific journal, Biology Letters, accepted the paper written by a team of 25 children from Blackawton Primary School, Blackawton, Devon, UK.
The school kids investigated on how bumblebees see colors and patterns using a series of experiments in a local churchyard.
The headmaster of the school, Dave Strudwick, told that the kids, "devised, conducted and wrote up an experiment which resulted in genuinely novel findings," and hence the article deserved to be published in the peer-reviewed journal. Biology Letters is published by the Royal Society.
In an statement, the Royal Society said:
The field of insect color and pattern vision is generally poorly understood and the findings reported by the school children represent a genuine advance in the field.
Biology Letters editor Brian Charlesworth acknowledged that the children’s paper was the world’s "first in high quality scientific publishing."
R. B. Lotto of Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London has co-authored the journal paper. If you think you are scholastic enough to understand the kid’s research, the full article can be read here for free.