The New York Times has a nice article on flower evolution today.
If you enjoy looking at evolutionary trees to see how closely related different living things are, you might enjoy playing with ExploreTree. I’ve added features that make it a lot more fun: the zooming in and out is animated, you can search for an organism and follow a path. Plus now, with a little help from Chris, it runs on a webpage (feel free to show it to friends & family). Give it time to load, though.
Here is a snapshot of the location illustrated in the NYTimes article:
I’ve put off posting about the program for a while since I kept hoping to improve it a little more, but here it is. It was written in processing, you can get the code if you’d like to play with it here (or improve it!) on github.