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Description Ernst Haeckel's "tree of life", Darwin's metaphorical description of the pattern of universal common descent made literal by his greatest popularizer in the German scientific world. This is the English version of Ernst Haeckel's tree from the The Evolution of Man (Published 1879), one of several depictions of a tree of life by Haeckel. "Man" is at the crown of the tree; for Haeckel, as for many early evolutionists, humans were considered the pinnacle of evolution.
Date 1879
Source First version from en.wikipedia; description page was here. Later versions derived from this scan, from the American Philosophical Society Museum.
creator QS:P170,Q48246
Other versions File:Tree of life by Haeckel cleanup 2.png - png file in black and white


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  • 2006-12-11 22:38 Lumos3 560×863×8 (79484 bytes) Illustration of the ''Tree of Life'' by Haeckel in the ''The Evolution of Man'' (Published 1879). To illustrate the [[Tree of life (Science)]] article Uploaded from


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current 03:11, 1 March 2009 Thumbnail for version as of 03:11, 1 March 20091,804 × 2,856 (6.83 MB)Ragesossa little more effort to even out the shading
01:43, 1 March 2009 Thumbnail for version as of 01:43, 1 March 20091,804 × 2,856 (6.83 MB)Ragesossfurther edit
00:03, 1 March 2009 Thumbnail for version as of 00:03, 1 March 20091,820 × 2,870 (6.84 MB)RagesossA retouched version to remove dust, damage and artifacts (using GIMP), derived from the previous one
23:40, 6 February 2009 Thumbnail for version as of 23:40, 6 February 20091,903 × 2,931 (3 MB)Ragesossbetter, larger version from
02:13, 12 September 2007 Thumbnail for version as of 02:13, 12 September 2007560 × 863 (78 KB)Grook Da Oger{{Information |Description=Illustration of the ''Tree of Life'' by Haeckel in the ''The Evolution of Man'' (Published 1879). To illustrate the en:Tree of life (Science) article Uploaded from

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