Evolutionary tree

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The evolutionary tree of living things is currently supposed to run something along the lines of that listed below. Most of the above tree was based on ideas from cladistics; where more than two groups are shown in a single branch, there is disagreement about how they diverged. Hypothetically taxonomy would follow the tree whenever possible, but it many places it does not at present.


  1. Colin Tudge, "The Variety of Life -- A survey and a celebration of all the creatures that have ever lived", Oxford University Press, 2000
  2. http://phylogeny.arizona.edu The Tree of Life -- A multi-authored, distributed Internet project containing information about phylogeny and biodiversity