Monday, May 2, 2016

Tree of Life: Interactive

Biological Evolution
Edward Hessler

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The idea of a tree of life was described by Charles Darwin to describe evolutionary relationships.

Over at WEIT, Jerry Coyne drew attention to "a new, fractally constructed tree of life...and you must take a look at it." I agree. You must! It is the best!

The newest tree is called OneZoom, "a vivid and interactive guide to the relationships between all life on earth." Coyne provides some useful comments on OneZoom.

Click on he magnifying glass at the bottom of a OneZoom page to learn everything you might want to know about OneZoom--how to use it, the software used, where the images are from, list of data sources, what red leaves mean (threatened) and what dotted leaves mean (incomplete and in search of a sponsor).

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