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Tree of Life online—with great graphics

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The Jawed Vertebrates From One Zoom Tree of life software:

OneZoom is a vivid and interactive guide to the relationships between all life on earth. You can marvel at a stunning variety of species and discover your favourites among them on our tree of life. More.

Click on human for some fun.

The problem with a “”tree of life” is that a normal tree does not change much from branch to branch, but the history of jellyfish, water bears, and weasels is just so different that the connection is possibly better seen as a river flowing through many landscapes than as a tree. In fact, the tree is beginning to look more like a river all the time.

Great show here too.

See also: The Tree of Life may be more of an art exhibition than a science pursuit.

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Hat tip: Pos-Darwinista

2 Replies to “Tree of Life online—with great graphics

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    daveS says:

    News,

    The problem with a “”tree of life” is that a normal tree does not change much from branch to branch, but the history of jellyfish, water bears, and weasels is just so different that the connection is possibly better seen as a river flowing through many landscapes than as a tree. In fact, the tree is beginning to look more like a river all the time.

    Have you read up on phylogenetic trees to see what (if any) properties they are assumed to share with actual living trees?

    As has been pointed out numerous times, these are abstract, mathematical trees, not things you chop down and saw up into lumber.

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    Zachriel says:

    Nice touch, using Linnaeus as the type specimen for humans.

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