Saturday, November 25, 2006

"you are here" on the Tree of Life

Have you ever wondered where Homo sapiens fit on the Tree of Life? This outstanding graphic representation is a great tool for homeschooling and for teaching science. Plus, it would make an outstanding poster too.

Created by: David M. Hillis, Derrick Zwickl, and Robin Gutell, of the University of Texas.

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1 comment:

David Studhalter said...

Does this poster exist in a more detailed version, with more labels? It seems like a complex idea reduced to graphic minimalism.

I like the idea of portraying the "tree of life" as a wheel; also, since it attempts to represent species in some proportion to their actual numbers/importance in the biospehre, it de-emphasizes some of the zoocentrism that still plagues much of biology, including in such popular science tomes as Dawkins's The Anscestor's Tale.