"History of Life" as a poster

Family tree poster shows kinship relationships of all organisms

Extract from the pedigree poster University G ttingen
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Who is closest to us humans? Information about it is now a family tree of organisms, the scientists at the Göttingen Center for Biodiversity Research and Ecology have worked out. It reflects the current state of research and is now also available as a poster.

Are birds feathered dinosaurs? What was considered a provocative question ten years ago is almost self-evident today among biologists. This shows the dynamic evolution of tribal history research, phylogenetics. In addition to a new theory and methodology, molecular analyzes in particular have opened up completely new features that could be used to verify earlier kinship assumptions.

Under the title "The Tree of Life" the poster presents in 180 pictures and numerous texts both the kinship relationships as well as a description of some important evolutionary steps. The detailed synopsis, which considers animals as well as plants and single-celled organisms, is also based on research results from the center of Göttingen.

The author Prof. dr. Rainer Willmann is Head of the Department of Morphology, Systematics and Evolutionary Biology at the Institute of Zoology, Anthropology and Developmental Biology and Director of the Zoological Museum of the Georg-August University. The graphic design was largely in the hands of Bernd Baumgart, technical draftsman in the department of Prof. Willmann. "The pedigree shows that the birds are indeed a subset of the dinosaurs, " says Prof. Willmann.

Other surprises in the history of life: Moose, reptiles and fish are not natural groups, mushrooms, however, very close relatives of animals. At present, further presentations are in preparation: In November, a school version will appear, followed by pedigrees of plants and insects. display

Willmann, Rainer 2004: The Tree of Life. planet poster editions, Goettingen. ISBN 3-933922-40-2. Format A1 (84 × 60 cm). Price: 7, 50 Euro

(University of Göttingen, 21.10.2004 - NPO)