Latest in Science

Image credit:

Researchers draft the first comprehensive tree of life

3 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

It's very poetic to talk about a tree of life, where every species can trace its roots, but actually illustrating this tree is no mean feat when Earth has been home to at least 2.3 million known species. However, scientists have finally given it a shot. They've published the first draft of a comprehensive tree of life that shows every major evolutionary branch, ranging from the very first organisms to complex beings like humans. This isn't a complete tree, of course (it's doubtful that we'll ever know all the species that ever existed), but it beats the patchwork from before.

The best part is that this tree isn't buried inside an academic paper or otherwise hidden to the public. Its creators have posted the tree of life online (it's down as I write this, likely due to high traffic), including both the pure data and the source code for tying it all together. If you need to trace the history of a species any time soon, this may be your go-to resource.

[Image credit: Duke University]

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
3 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Google Duplex begins international rollout with a New Zealand pilot

Google Duplex begins international rollout with a New Zealand pilot

View
The Morning After: A final trailer for 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'

The Morning After: A final trailer for 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'

View
Todoist 'Foundations' update adds a host of organization features

Todoist 'Foundations' update adds a host of organization features

View
Microsoft's latest VR experiment is a literal walk in the park

Microsoft's latest VR experiment is a literal walk in the park

View
Lilium proves its electric air taxi can fly

Lilium proves its electric air taxi can fly

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr