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OneZoom: A Fractal Explorer for the Tree of Life

  • J. Rosindell mail,

    james@rosindell.org

    Affiliation: Division of Biology, Imperial College London, Silwood Park Campus, Ascot, Berkshire, United Kingdom

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  • L. J. Harmon

    Affiliation: Department of Biological Sciences and Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST), University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, United States of America

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  • Published: October 16, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001406

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tree shape matters

Posted by Lidén on 14 Nov 2012 at 12:01 GMT

I think this is all really great, except for one thing. As teaching tools the suggested displays (spiral, feather and "natural" [sic]) would be disastrous , all giving the appearance of a main trunk with side branches, suggesting to the layman that this is a reasonable picture of evolution when everyone involved in teaching evolution knows that this is one of the main misconceptions that we constantly have to fight.
A useful presentation must have a structure that at every node produces branches of equal thickness, with the same weight and angle.

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