DailyDirt: The Tree Of Life

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Biology is a messy science. Nature doesn't lend itself to nice, orderly categories for people to understand. The tree of life is really tangled, and it's probably a bad analogy to start with. As we learn more about genetic analysis and find samples of ancient DNA, scientists are starting to reconsider some evolutionary processes. Here are just a few fascinating studies. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.


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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 11th, 2013 @ 5:39pm

    is there an evolutionary tree for viruses?

    where do viruses fit on the tree of life?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 11th, 2013 @ 6:01pm

    What about cataloging all the species before they evolve into new species? Remember, evolution is also about change, not just extinction.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 12th, 2013 @ 6:02am

    Please stop using the shortened links.

     

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    Pat, Feb 12th, 2013 @ 7:09am

    A Eukaryote has membrane bound internal structures

    Love your site, but some bio stuff is off once in a while(Like the Watson and Crick entry from last year). Eukaryote have internal compartments, like rooms, for specific functions/proteins. Bacteria, by your definition is a eukaryote(which it is not). Recently, bacteria have been found to contain microcompartments (Like eukaryotes except made out of proteins) however, they are not considered eukaryote as they lack lipid membrane bound complex structures. I'm tired so... Science*rainbow*

     

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