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Why Darwin was wrong about the tree of life

Posted by truthpills on 2009/02/03

New Scientist Magazine
21 January 2009 by Graham Lawton

Read our related editorial: Uprooting Darwin’s tree

IN JULY 1837, Charles Darwin had a flash of inspiration. In his study at his house in London, he turned to a new page in his red leather notebook and wrote, “I think”. Then he drew a spindly sketch of a tree.

As far as we know, this was the first time Darwin toyed with the concept of a “tree of life” to explain the evolutionary relationships between different species.

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