Latest: The Hillis Plot - An inspiring evolutionary tree as a desktop background

An amazing glimpse of our peer species, trailing back to the beginning of evolution

I recently came across a diagram of the Hillis Plot, reproduced below:

Hillis Plot

Though its lacking legible detail at this scale, I find it incredibly inspiring, and totally amazing! It is an evolutionary tree produced by David M. Hillis and his colleagues, laid out in a circle so more species names can be added. The thicker, blurred dark line around the edge of the circle above is actually a list of 3000 species! Here’s a close up of a section of it:

Hillis Plot Section

So, really incredible, especially when you consider it only represents about 0.18% of the species that have ...

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