A new website helps visualize evolution.  But does it confirm or obfuscate the real world?

OneZoom Tree of Life Explorer is a new web tool that lets viewers play a kind of “Google Earth” with Darwin’s “tree of life.”  Produced by a computer programmer at Imperial College London, it’s being seen as a tool “to teach people about the evolution and diversity of life, and to help make attractive and engaging displays for venues such as zoos and museums.”  Science Daily says it went live Oct. 16.  The mammal tree is up now.  The front page explanation says,

OneZoom is committed to heightening awareness about the diversity of life on earth, its evolutionary history and the threats of extinction. This website allows you to explore the tree of life in a completely new way: it’s like a map, everything is on one page, all you have to do is zoom in and out. OneZoom also provides free, open source, data visulation tools for science and education, currently focusing on the tree of life….

 

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