The Most Common Misconception About Evolution

This evolutionary tree of life has a problem. Yes, it beautifully illustrates that we are related to all life on earth, from bacteria to plants and birds. Still. there’s something wrong with it. The problem is that it is constructed from a human viewpoint. You can see that humans occupy a special position at the [...]

A Short History of the Oldest Tree on Earth

A tree of life showing the common ancestry of life on earth is one of the most powerful metaphors in science, one which stood the test of time remarkably well. The concept of a taxonomic tree as a means to arrange species can be attributed to the German naturalist Pallas in 1766. At his time, [...]