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The Tree of Life

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Endless sifting through the debris and crypts of cyberspace, I stumbled upon one of the coolest websites I have seen. Not cool because of its interface (which ain’t bad either), but because of what it attempts to achieve.

I, and probably many of you, have heard how Biodiversity is the hottest topic in Ecology circles, and how its conservation is critical to this planet. Much of that is Greenpeace-ism, and let me say for a fact that the preservation of each and every species today is NOT critical to life, but only allows for more chances at development. Thats besides the point. Back to biodiversity, I was yet to see any concrete effort to integrate the information in terms of classification and databases. Its probably because …

1. Most ecophiles are not scientists, they are just activists

2. A smaller fraction is actually comfortable with computers, which are indispensible due to the large amount of information biology generates.

None the less, ecology is finally coming to terms with the new age, as reflected by the growing number of website listed the “Ecology” and “Biodiversity” in popular portals. I present to you , the most organized account of classifications , complete with information, photographs and references, The Tree of Life Project.

Click below to visit

The Tree of Life

Take a look, you’ll come to know things you never knew or even thought existed. For instance, six legged critters with mouth parts inside their jaws that are not insects.

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Written by Nash

November 14, 2004 at 6:00 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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