PhysOrg has an article about it: ‘Tree of life’ for 2.3 million species released, which says:
A first draft of the “tree of life” for the roughly 2.3 million named species of animals, plants, fungi and microbes — from platypuses to puffballs — has been released. A collaborative effort among eleven institutions, the tree depicts the relationships among living things as they diverged from one another over time, tracing back to the beginning of life on Earth more than 3.5 billion years ago.
What’s new about this one? We’re told:
Tens of thousands of smaller trees have been published over the years for select branches of the tree of life — some containing upwards of 100,000 species — but this is the first time those results have been combined into a single tree that encompasses all of life. The end result is a digital resource that available free online for anyone to use or edit, much like a “Wikipedia” for evolutionary trees.
“This is the first real attempt to connect the dots and put it all together,” said principal investigator Karen Cranston of Duke University. “Think of it as Version 1.0.”
Let’s read on:
Rather than build the tree of life from scratch, the researchers pieced it together by compiling thousands of smaller chunks that had already been published online and merging them together into a gigantic “supertree” that encompasses all named species. The initial draft is based on nearly 500 smaller trees from previously published studies.
That’s enough excerpts. You’ll want to read it all, and then take a look at the new project.
But we can’t help wondering what people like ol’ Hambo make of this. Did all those species somehow appear in the 4,000 years since Noah’s Flood? Why does every species — including our own — fit into its proper place in this one hierarchy — as if they were all related? Why aren’t there any unique outliers that don’t fit anywhere?
We searched the Answers in Genesis website. Most of the hits on “Tree of Life” bring up articles about the tree in the Garden of Eden, but we did find this from 2007: Classifying Life, which says, with our bold font:
Creationists disagree with the idea of a “tree of life” as evolutionists see it — all life originating from a single, unknown, common ancestor. If we consider the created kinds from Genesis, the picture of life would look more like an orchard — distinct groups of animals showing variety within a kind. The trees in this orchard do not overlap one another or cross one another, representing the limits of variety within the DNA of the created kinds. This view (developed by Dr. Kurt Wise) is confirmed by the evidence from operational science.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Not one tree, but an “orchard” of separate trees. Yeah, right!
Well, they have their creation science; we have the real thing. And they’ll never change.
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