On pages that have been identified, (Plants, fungus, animals),
there will be a horizontal column showing the genetic lineage
of the species, this collumn can be found on the lower left
of it's page. At the top of this column, will be a link called
"Compare Species". Clicking this link will add the
species to your list. There is a maximum of 10 species
that you can add to your list.
View the video above for clearer instructions.
Once you have a few species added to your list, a row of images
appears at the top of every page, and now you can compare
them phylogenetically. This will create a miniature Tree
of Life that only has the branches leading to the families
of the species you've selected. This will enable you to see
their relations, and relatively how long ago they diverged
from one another. Click the View Tree of Life button
below the images.
Not every plant, fungus and animal page has been included
into this tree yet, we are still working on it. If you find
any that are missing, and you'd like to see in the database,
let us know.
To see an example, and auto-populate your list, click here.
With this new function, can compare two closely related species
visually or two unrelated species phylogenetically. Comparing visually
can help compare the leaves or flowers of unidentifed plants to
known plants, making it easier to narrow down your search. Comparing
them phylogenetically will show you just how closely they are related.
The first row along the top are species that you have selected while
browsing the site. Clicking a species' ,
will put it first in the row, and display the first two species
in the list. The second row of images are the individual images
of that species. Click one of these thumbnail images to view it
Clicking the View Phylogenetically link below the images,
will open a page that has a link that says "View Tree of Life",
clicking that will open a diagram that compares the phylogenetic
relationship of the species in your list.