The Tree of Life Gets a Makeover. Genetics and the tree of life. We traditionally think about the tree of life in terms of Kingdoms: plants, animals, fungi, bacteria, etc.
Genetics has really revolutionized the way we think about the tree of life and, because our classifications should reflect ancestry (that is, who is more closely related to whom), it has actually called into question a lot of our traditional classifications. Most biologists split up life into three domains: Archaea, Bacteria, and Eucarya (the last of which includes animals, plants, fungi, etc.). The three domains of life. From Carl Zimmer's blog The Loom. Science writer Carl Zimmer has an interesting post on his blog about how the newest genetic data may even call this classification into question by adding a fourth domain.
The Timescale of Life. History of Life by Jesse Brunner on Prezi. History of Life on Earth by scott ketcham on Prezi. The History of Life on Earth by Robert Patierno on Prezi. Evolution – what next? BioNumbers - The Database of Useful Biological Numbers.