Randy Krum
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The Ultimate Mammal Family Tree

This is very cool.  Going back 166 million years to see each of the branches where we share common mammalian ancestors.  The PDF is available for download, and is very detailed.  You need to zoom a long way to even see that there is text naming each of the known mammals in existence today.  It's a radial family tree that also represents a timeline as you move outwards from the center.  Here we are:


ABC TV in Australia did a short video on the family tree hosted by Dr. Paul Willis, and he literally walks around the infographic describing different parts.  Well done, and seemed very reminiscent of Carl Sagan in some of his shows.  The video credits Robin Beck, a Mammalian Systematist as the University of NSW, of creating the family tree.  Here's the link to the ABC page where you can watch the video, or you can click on the image below.

Thanks for the link Alwyn!  Great find!

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Reader Comments (6)

We are not alone!

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKamelia

Due to shittyfag copyright restrictions it is not possible to view that video if youre IP is located outside of Australia. Anyone got an alternative, proper working, link? :)

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I can view the video in the U.S without any problems. I don't know if there any specific countries that can't view the video. Let me know.

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRandy Krum

good post

Just found your blog, very awesome and useful, I work as a web designer and big part of my work is to transform the cold data of my clients into something more visual and easy to aproach, now I have your blog bookmarked on my "inspiration" file.

Now that you mention Carl Sagan, i was thinking that his history of the universe in a year calendar could be considered an interesting infographic, it appeared in some episodes of Cosmos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7n2r0qOxJ6k

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLica W.

Thanks for bookmarking!

You're exactly right. I posted Carl Sagan's Cosmic Calendar on the 10th anniversary of his death.

January 27, 2010 | Registered CommenterRandy

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