Tuesday, 3 March 2009

The Tree of Life is growing

Since launching the website, we've had over 30,000 unique visitors, and our video has been viewed over 55,000 times. And now, our Tree of Life is growing:

Interactive Tree of Life – UPDATED
Now, you can study the interactive tree as you watch the associated video, swapping between the two as often as you like. And now there’s information, provided by Open University, on all the creatures in the animation. Go to the interactive.

Remixable versions of the Tree of Life video animation – NEW
This new version of the video is available to download, remix and share under Creative Commons licence BY-NC-SA 2.0 UK. Add a voiceover or different music and share your version of the Tree of Life. The videos are available in standard and high definitions. Check out the different videos.

There's still more to come in the next couple of months:

Teaching resources – such as worksheets for students and lesson ideas for teachers – will be available on the website in spring.

More source files will be added to the website too. Take your pick of Photoshop, Maya and .jpg files depicting key moments in the animation. You will be able to use these to build your own presentations, graphics, animations and even construct your own interactive tree.

As always, we're keen to receive any feedback you might have on the Tree of Life. Let us know what you think.


  1. Will we be able to translate the Interactive part? I would very much like to translate it into Romanian, for example. Al it would take would be some language files.

  2. I look forward to seeing the further resources that you mention.

    Something that surprised me, on reflection, was that the tree does not seem to include trees, as it were - no plants. And they were not mentioned in the David Attenborough presentation.

    A diagram is a like map. Could you say what are the strong points of the main different ways in which the information can be viewed.

  3. We're looking to include plants in future versions of the interactive, which we hope to post very soon.

    Here's a bit of the background info on plants in the "Tree":


    Buciuman, you are welcome to narrate the video in Romanian - but I'm not sure how the copyright works for the narrative. I'll find out and post the answer here.