"This is my first tattoo, the phylogenetic circle of life. The small dash in the center is the grand ancestor of every living or dead organism, and the small circle on the bottom right is where mammals (us) very recently branched off. Thanks to Drew at MaineLine Ink in South Berwick, Maine!"

The phylogenetic circle of life. The small dash in the center is the grand ancestor of every living or dead organism, and the small circle on the bottom right is where mammals (us) very recently branched off.

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Universal phylogenetic tree based on SSU rRNA sequences http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.276.5313.734

The Tree of Life: Branches falling within the red circle represent all multicellular life. Everything else is microbial.

Phylogenetic tree

Here we see a general chart of how living things evolved and from what.

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