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Tree of Life
Author(s):
F. D. Ciccarelli (et al)
Institution:
European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
Year:
2006
URL:
http://tinyurl.com/y9u86q
Project Description:
On the press release of the project at the EMBL website it's stated: "A global evolutionary map reveals new insights into our last common ancestor" on a new tree of life that allows a closer look at the origin of species.

In 1870 the German scientist Ernst Haeckel mapped the evolutionary relationships of plants and animals in the first 'tree of life'. Since then scientists have continuously redrawn and expanded the tree adding microorganisms and using modern molecular data, yet, many parts of the tree have remained unclear. Now a group at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg has developed a computational method that resolves many of the open questions and produced what is likely the most accurate tree ever. The study, which appeared in the March 2006 issue of the journal Science, gives some intriguing insights into the origins of bacteria and the last common universal ancestor of all life on earth today.

Here you can find an interactive version of the Tree of Life.

Comments (1):
I'm trying to build a family tree similar to this one, with each circle as representing one generation. how can I use this?

Posted by Xyooj on Mar 6, 2009 at 8:29 AM (GMT)

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