Friday, February 19, 2010

Tree of Life Web Project

http://tolweb.org/tree/phylogeny.html
This is a very informative and FUN website that I love to lose myself in. My favorite feature is the "random page" link, which takes you to a random species page, where you can read up about them!

Here is the synopsis:

The Tree of Life Web Project (ToL) is a collaborative effort of biologists and nature enthusiasts from around the world. On more than 10,000 World Wide Web pages, the project provides information about biodiversity, the characteristics of different groups of organisms, and their evolutionary history (phylogeny).

Each page contains information about a particular group, e.g., salamanders, segmented worms, phlox flowers, tyrannosaurs, euglenids, Heliconius butterflies, club fungi, or the vampire squid. ToL pages are linked one to another hierarchically, in the form of the evolutionary tree of life. Starting with the root of all Life on Earth and moving out along diverging branches to individual species, the structure of the ToL project thus illustrates the genetic connections between all living things.

1 comment:

John Latto said...

It's been interesting to watch this project build over time. Just in the last few years it has really grown.

I had the random page link here as my home page on my computer for a while but I switched over to the English home page of Wikipedia since I like learning random stuff about more than just biology.

For a while I made it a point to read the featured article of the day on Wikipedia every day but a ferociously dull series that started with a race horse, then had some aircraft engine and ended with, I think, a road, broke my streak (and will to live)