The tree of evolution: What about its best growth form?

Tom DiBenedetto tdib at UMICH.EDU
Fri Nov 7 11:33:16 CST 1997

 Thomas Schlemmermeyer wrote:

>My mind was astonished by seeing the cover photo of the second edition of
>"Molecular Systematics" by Hillis and Moritz, Sinauer, 1996.

just wait till you look inside!!  :)

>There, a tree of evolution was given. The terminal taxa (some in the english
>realm say taxons)

(only dummies)

> were arranged in a circular order around the root
>which branched by starting from the middle.
>I have already seen other trees which had their roots on the top and were
>growing towards the bottom!
>Very elegant, seemingly still not out of vogue, are classical trees of
>evolution which grow from the bottom to the top.
>Are there any further aspects involved beside the sense of beauty???

lets keep aesthetics in science!
I prefer my trees sideways (root to the left) so that the terminals
be read easily.

Tom DiBenedetto       
Fish Division                                   tdib at
University of Michigan Museum of Zoology

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