Awesome animation – Speciation and the tree of life
The BBC, the Wellcome Trust and Open University have released a video as part of the 150 year celebrations commemorating the publication of “On the Origin of Species” by Charles Darwin. In this video they explain one of the central ideas of Darwinian Evolution; the tree of life.
It is a simplified view of the tree but it still works very well. If they had included everything that we know about the tree of life it would run for many hours and would be too complicated to follow, so this introduction to the idea is detailed enough to get the concept across and is easy enough to use as an educational resource for children.
(Thanks to Coops at the Derren Brown Blog.)