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Tree of Life
Entry ID: ua_de_treelife
Abstract: The Tree of Life is a collaborative web project, produced by biologists from
around the world. On more than 2000 World Wide Web pages, the Tree of Life
provides information about the diversity of organisms on Earth, their history,
and characteristics. Each page contains information about one group of
organisms (for example, the Coleoptera page gives information about all
beetles, the Salticidae ... page about jumping spiders, the Cephalopoda page about
squids, octopi, and related molluscs, and the Fungi page about fungi).
Individual Tree of Life pages are linked one to another in the form of the
evolutionary tree that connects all organisms, with the pages branching off
from a group's page being about subgroups.
The Tree of Life is being used by those interested in locating information
about a particular group of organisms, by biologists seeking identification
keys, figures, phylogenetic trees, and other systematic information for a group
of organisms, and by educators teaching about organismal diversity. The ToL
project was originally designed for biologists. However, given the response of
non-biologists to the project, including middle and high school students, we
are encouraging authors to include information of interest to non-biologists.
The basic goals of the project are: to provide a uniform and linked framework
in which to publish electronically information about the evolutionary history
and characteristics of all groups of organisms to present a modern scientific
view of the evolutionary tree that unites all organisms on Earth to aid
education about and appreciation of biological diversity to provide
(eventually) a life-wide database and searching system about characteristics of
organisms to provide a means to find taxon-specific information on the
Internet, both taxonomic and otherwise.
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Quality The Tree of Life is a collaborative web project, produced by
biologists from around the world. On more than 2000 World Wide Web
pages, the Tree of Life provides information about the diversity of
organisms on Earth, their history, and characteristics.
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