Interactive Tree of Life

The Tree of Life shows how all the species on Earth are related to each other and that they have all descended from the same common ancestor.

Charles Darwin first thought of the concept of the Tree of Life in the 19th century and new species are being discovered, described and added all the time.

On the tree below you will find a small selection of Earth's species, including us, Homo sapiens, and our extinct early human relative, Australopithecus afarensis. Select any two to find out how they are related to each other.

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