Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tree of Life Diagrams

In previous blogs about Ernst Haeckel I pointed to his amazing drawings of animals and sea creatures. He also published the evolutionary tree, below, showing how humans and animals evolved from single-celled creatures.

Haeckel's diagram was published in 1879, forty-two years after Charles Darwin wrote "I think" above his sketch, probably the first diagram of it's kind.

With DNA sequencing we now have this amazing diagram of the evolutionary tree. See the University of Texas source and a New York Times article.

Mac users can download a 3-D version of the diagram by M. J. Sanderson here: http://loco.biosci.arizona.edu/paloverde/paloverde.html

More on the tree of life here: http://tolweb.org/tree/phylogeny.html

Zimmer, Carl (2009). "Crunching the Data for the Tree of Life", The New York Times online, Feb. 9, 2009.

Wikipedia contributors, "Kunstformen der Natur" Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Kunstformen_der_Natur (accessed February 11, 2009).

Wikipedia contributors, "Charles Darwin", Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Charles_Darwin&oldid=269994913 (accessed February 11, 2009).

David M. Hillis, Derrick Zwickl, and Robin Gutell, University of Texas. "Download Graphic Images from the Hillis/Bull Lab, Tree of Life Poster and Other Graphic Images", http://www.zo.utexas.edu/faculty/antisense/DownloadfilesToL.html
(accessed February 11, 2009).

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