Curlew Farewell

The last time an Eskimo Curlew was seen and positively identified, it suffered the same fate as when it was first officially identified and illustrated by John James Audubon himself: It was shot and then examined by an ornithologist. It’s been exactly fifty years since that last bird was felled, and as such, it has…

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March of Tetrapods, Elver Reluctance

A couple of updates on previous topics: March of Tetrapods That super cool fractal tool of the Tree of Life, OneZoom, has added all tetrapods to its phylogenetic work. With 70% of all currently described four-limbed creatures crawling around on the Tree, the next additions will be plant life and fish. I’m as excited as…

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Fractalling the Paper Paradigm

The more information we gain about phylogenetic trees – the trees of life used to visualize species evolution and relationships – the more difficult it becomes to represent their intricate complexity within a traditional ‘paper paradigm’. I recently posted the avian circle, which is an excellent tool, and now I’ve come across another tool which…

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