A really cool evolutionary timeline

One of the best ways to appreciate not only how long life has had to evolve, but also how short the period has been since “modern life” (aka birds, mammals, and humans) arose is to look at an evolutionary “timeline” that is drawn to scale. In the footnotes of WEIT I direct readers to one of these, but I have since found a much better one on the Web. It was constructed by John Kyrk, and is seen here. It’s a great teaching tool, with nice graphics, including eight telescoping timelines, each one a small piece of the previous one.

5 Comments

  1. Nino
    Posted January 28, 2009 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the wonderful link. That is a fascinating depiction — and a brilliant use of technology to illustrate a powerful concept.

  2. Matthew Cobb
    Posted February 5, 2009 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    You saw that first in the Z-letter!

    • whyevolutionistrue
      Posted February 5, 2009 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

      Yes indeed. Let me add right away that many of the things I find out about new developments in evolution come from my friend Dr. Matthew Cobb at the University of Manchester, UK, who publishes a wonderful “Z (zoology)-letter” each week for his undergraduate students. If anybody is interested in getting this, which is chock full of really cool stuff about animals and evolution, look up his email address at Manchester Univ and ask to be put on his mailing list.

  3. Natalia Roberts
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Wow, wonderful work!
    Thank you so much for the link!

  4. Mauch
    Posted February 17, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    Not just the evolution timeline is great. Check of the sections on cell metabolism. If that’s not enough how about some info on how a virus invade a cells.


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