This week’s Website of the Week is the Tree of Life Project. This is a truly mind expanding collection of information, images, videos and much more dedicated to, well… life itself. Explore this amazing repository of knowledge about living things and the world they inhabit. It is organized along scientific principles of classification from the smallest micro-organisms to huge mammals and everything in between. The site shows in great detail the interactions and interrelations between species and how incredibly complex Earth’s ecosystems really are.
TOL’s own ‘About’ page describes the project:
“The Tree of Life Web Project is a collection of information about biodiversity compiled collaboratively by hundreds of expert and amateur contributors. Its goal is to contain a page with pictures, text, and other information for every species and for each group of organisms, living or extinct. Connections between Tree of Life web pages follow phylogenetic branching patterns between groups of organisms, so visitors can browse the hierarchy of life and learn about phylogeny and evolution as well as the characteristics of individual groups.
For background information about the Tree of Life Web Project, see this article in the special issue of the journal Zootaxa, Linnaeus Tercentenary: Progress in Invertebrate Taxonomy:”