The most unusual and beautiful evolutionary tree maps from the last 200 years

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Trees of Life: A Visual History of Evolution

by Theodore W. Pietsch

Johns Hopkins University Press

2013, 376 pages, 8 x 10 x 1.1 inches (softcover)

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The primary metaphor for visualizing evolution is as a tree. The trunk is the oldest ancestor species which branch off newer species, which branch further leaves of the newest species. Ever since Darwin, biologists have been drawing trees to attempt to capture the complexity of evolution in various domains. These evolutionary trees are not only scientifically useful, but works of art. Over the years, many approaches to the trees have been tried – some minimal, some ornate, some abstract. This tome collects the finest, most unusual, most beautiful evolutionary tree maps produced in the last 200 years. They not only inform biology, they are fantastic examples of great design.

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