Great Tree of Life

In: History Science

24 Sep 2012

The angle threw me for a minute, and I wonder if the ending arc widths are proportionally representative or not – but overall, I like it!


2 Responses to Great Tree of Life



September 24th, 2012 at 4:51 pm

The ending arch widths are seriously NOT proportionally representative. For example, there are about 5,700 known species of mammals compared to ~30k species of fish and ~297k species of plants.



September 25th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

And considering bacterial species constitute at least 99% of all life on earth, this tree has been seriously pruned. However, it is beautiful and at least gives an idea of the grand scale of the diversity of life, if not the accurate proportions.

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