RESOURCES: Phylogeny Forest

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Science  01 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5560, pp. 1607
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5560.1607a

Plenty of genealogy Web sites allow you to trace your family history. TreeBase, a 6-year-old collection hosted by the State University of New York, Buffalo, provides a similar service for evolutionary biologists and other researchers who want to know how organisms are related. Contributors have planted more than 1750 published phylogenetic trees–mainly for plants, vertebrates, and fungi–along with original data. The offerings range from “universal trees,” which illustrate the relationships among major lineages of organisms, to intimate studies of individual groups, such as the Hawaiian fruit flies. With software available free from a linked site, you can download, prune, and label the diagrams. You can also transplant trees and data into popular phylogeny programs such as Paup and MacClade to run your own analysis.

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