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Biota - Homo sapiens thread?


I'd like to be able to follow the cladogram basically as presented in "The Systematic Classification of Life," and I think that would be of interest to other lay people as well. Is there a list of every clade we could use, or a cladogram with that "route" highlighted?

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Hi BangerDan.

Please feel free to join our Facebook group if you haven’t already.

Yes, AronRa has produced an excellent set of videos on the systematic classification of life along our clade line. He is also the creator of the Phylogeny Explorer Project, which aims to be the most comprehensive system, mapping the evolution of life, visually.

In the Linnaean rank system (remember the DKPCOFGS), these are attempts at comparing ranks across groups – like mammals and amphibians, without regard for timeframe comparison and as though all were created at the same time. Whilst some equate to clades, the nested hierarchy (clades) of life are the true, natural order of things.

The clades we tend to use and focus on, whilst naturally occurring, are man-made representative junctions to show key or notable divergences. So, whilst the point at which a notochord is first recorded is significant (for us) in ordering or explaining things, it is (in nature) of no more or less significance than any new species or divergence.

Whilst having more clades than the following, (there are well over 100) the Phylogeny Explorer Project is however still in pre-production. Alternatives and recommendations in the meantime are:

Open Tree of life:







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Thank you for those links. "The Systematic Classification of Life" is my favorite youtube presentation I've seen so far. I've watched the entire series several times. As I was following the series through the PEP for the first time the other day, I got lost between Vertebrata and Gnathostomata, and fired off that inquiry. I appreciate your reply..

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