The Loom

Borat sapiens

i-4ef2d6983169edb17b7ec09ce9fbc9be-borat sapiens.jpgFor my latest “Dissection” column in Wired, I take a look at the tree of life, and the way it changed dramatically thirty years ago this month. To get a sense of what the tree looks like today, I pointed readers to the wonderful interactive tree of life at the European Molecular Biology Lab. But I didn’t realize until after I finished the column that when you scroll over the branches of the tree, pictures pop up of species at their tips. Most of the pictures are of assorted chains, blobs, and other microbial portraits. But things get more interesting in the animal kingdom. Iz very nice!

Hat tip: Delightfully So


  1. #1 bug_girl
    November 27, 2007

    That is very entertaining–thanks! 🙂

  2. #2 VWXYNot?
    November 27, 2007

    I once went to a conference where a lot of people had put an illustrated tree of primate evolution on their slides or poster. Almost every one had George Bush as the human example. I think I like Borat better!

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