Friday, May 20, 2011

Insect systematics: you've got to laugh, if you didn't you'd cry

In continuation from my previous post, I have now assembled 43 order level phylogenies of insects, i.e. they are based on more or less independent sources of data. The oldest study included is from 1993, so I still have my work cut out to find trees published before then especially as it becomes increasingly hard to get your hands on the articles as you go further back in time.
As more phylogenies are included, it also becomes hard to visualize this increasingly complex network on a 2D screen and I which I could explore it in a more intuitive way.

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