The Tree of Life

Date:
Venue:
The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
Organiser: OneZoom
education@linnean.org
+44 (0)20 7434 4479 EXT 228

EDUCATION EVENT 18:00–19:00 Thursday 27 April 2017

One Zoom - Tree of Life
The Tree of Life © OneZoom

Everything we know about natural history falls naturally somewhere on a great tree of life; the leaves represent approximately 1.8 million known living species and the branches show how they are related to each other, and the common ancestors they share. This lecture will tell the story of the tree of life and how modern technology has overcome the challenge of turning it into something tangible that anyone can explore. Along the way, we will journey into some of the more obscure areas of the tree, meet some of the extraordinary organisms that dwell there, and learn how they came to evolve. This event marks the anniversary of the launch of a new explorer for the complete tree of life produced by the UK charity OneZoom – there will be the opportunity to use the latest version of OneZoom over drinks in the library after the main lecture.


Dr Yan Wong, evolutionary biologist at the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics, BBC science presenter, coauthor with Richard Dawkins of The Ancestor’s Tale: a pilgrimage to the dawn of life, and Founding trustee for OneZoom.

Dr James Rosindell, Research fellow and lecturer at Imperial College London, Founding trustee and CEO for OneZoom.

  • This event is free and open to all.
  • Registration is essential, please find the registration form below. 
  • Doors will open at 17:30.
  • Tea will be served in the Library from 17:30 and the event will be followed by a wine reception.