For the first time ever, researchers have compiled a map that shows the genetic interconnections of all of life on Earth. “
The Open Tree Taxonomy
,” published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows how 2.3 million species of animals, plants, fungi, and microbes branched off from a common ancestor over the course of 3.5 billion years. Researchers from 11 organizations worked together to create the genetic map, one of the most comprehensive images of the history of life as we know it.
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