The tree of life.

2015_04_17 tree of life

Source: David M. Hillis, Derrick Zwickl, Robin Gutell; University of Texas (thanks to Matteo Castellini for highlighting it).

About this Tree: This tree is from an analysis of small subunit rRNA sequences sampled from about 3,000 species from throughout the Tree of Life. The species were chosen based on their availability, but we attempted to include most of the major groups, sampled very roughly in proportion to the number of known species in each group (although many groups remain over- or under-represented). The number of species represented is approximately the square-root of the number of species thought to exist on Earth (i.e., three thousand out of an estimated nine million species), or about 0.18% of the 1.7 million species that have been formally described and named.

This is the .pdf version: Tree of Life

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