Tree of Life App is an interactive and illustrated family-level phylogeny of living beings based upon a synthesis of data from thousands of published studies from the primary literature. Main groups of organisms –from Bacteria to Vertebrates- are displayed in the initial tree as collapsed branches that can be opened to view family level relationships. Over 5000 families are included in the current version.
Tree of Life Pro allows users to open all the locked groups in the Lite version (BACTERIA, EURYARCHAEOTA, EXCAVATA, VIRIDIPLANTAE, HAPTOPHYTA, AMOEBOZOA, FUNGI, HEXACTINELLIDA, CALCAREA, SCALIDOPHORA, TARDIGRADA, NEMERTEA, SYNDERMATA, TUNICATA). Moreover, users will have access to the currently unavailable groups that are being developed and will be made available very soon (RED ALGAE, INSECTS, MOLLUSKS, etc).
The interactivity and contents of Tree of Life App include the following features:
-Zooming in or out in order to explore a very large tree
-Tapping on the pictures to see family details such as common names, and quick links to Wikipedia (internet connection is required for this feature)
-Collapsing clades into single branches to summarize or hide undesired details
-Viewing subtrees of special interest
-A search feature enabling users to find specific organisms either by common or scientific family names
-A time scale to determine divergence dates among lineages and dates of extinction of fossil families
Tree of Life App is constantly being updated to include recent findings, guaranteeing to illustrate the most up-to date state of the art about evolutionary relationships among living beings.
-New topology of higher level relationships of dinosaurs (Ornithoscelida), after the results of Baron et al. (2017).
-New topology of stem tetrapods and lissamphibians from the studies of Pardo. et al. (2017).
-New topology of extant frogs (Lissamphibia: Anura) based on the phylogenomic analysis by Feng et al. 2017.
-Several topological modifications to some clades of angiosperms based on studies implementing nuclear (rather than plastid) loci.
-Updated higher level phylogeny of Bacteria based on phylogenomic analysis by Waite et al. (2017).
-Several minor topological updates throughout the tree.
-Addition of over 30 new families of extant and fossil taxa.
Ratings and Reviews
Please update this lovely application.. I like to see the completion of the tree with more and more examples .. with better graphics
Not ready for prime time
This would be better on a much larger display. The design really doesn’t work for small displays.
It’s too slow an navigation is very awkward.
Fascinating data, terrible app
This app is not fit for the App Store. It should be removed. It is unusable due to design and performance issues. It's very slow to draw the tree or zoom and pan. The layout makes it impossible to navigate. The search stops working after a few searches and doesn't take you to the search results, making you hunt around for a green arrow in millions of possibilities.
It's a wonderful dataset, if a little too academic, but the app is terrible. Do not waste your money.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.