Tree of Life

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Tree of Life

Here's something interesting that I found.

It's supposedly the most massive attempt to construct a family tree of all living things so far.

http://www.zo.utexas.edu/faculty/antisense/tree.pdf

 

Our revels now are ended. These our actors, | As I foretold you, were all spirits, and | Are melted into air, into thin air; | And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, | The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces, | The solemn temples, the great globe itself, - Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve, | And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, | Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff | As dreams are made on, and our little life | Is rounded with a sleep. - Shakespeare


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And here I thought you were

And here I thought you were going to say something about the awesome Larry Niven and his sweet sci-fi books set in Known Space.  You didn't  I'm terribly disappointed.  That's a very pretty graph, though.

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"Well the things that happen less often are more likely to be the result of the supper natural. A thing like loosing my keys in the morning is not likely supper natural, but finding a thousand dollars or meeting a celebrity might be."


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For those of us who aren't

For those of us who aren't biologist, do you mind telling us what the words on the end are? are they species, genus, etc...?


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I think they're species.

I think they're species.

Our revels now are ended. These our actors, | As I foretold you, were all spirits, and | Are melted into air, into thin air; | And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, | The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces, | The solemn temples, the great globe itself, - Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve, | And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, | Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff | As dreams are made on, and our little life | Is rounded with a sleep. - Shakespeare


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The words are kingdoms, the

The words are kingdoms, the individual end-points are species.

 

Favorite oxymorons: Gospel Truth, Rational Supernaturalist, Business Ethics, Christian Morality

"Theology is now little more than a branch of human ignorance. Indeed, it is ignorance with wings." - Sam Harris

The path to Truth lies via careful study of reality, not the dreams of our fallible minds - me

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