Tree of Life Visualization Puts Evolution at Users’ Fingertips
With a quick swipe of the finger, the Tree of Life became a blur of branches flying past, zooming away from the root through deep history until finally, at the end of a twig, the human species Homo sapiens appeared. Engaging with an exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences last fall, a young visitor could hardly contain his awe at how far he had traveled: “Whoa, 3.5 billion years ago — that’s a long time.” The boy’s mother then pointed to a pair of connecting lines and told him gleefully, “You’re related to a banana!”
Now, visitors to the Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH) in Cambridge, Mass., can experience and interact with the same computerized tabletop exhibit, while learning about evolution and the history of life on Earth.
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