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The Roots of the Tree of Life

J. David Archibald

in Aristotle's Ladder, Darwin's Tree: The Evolution of Visual Metaphors for Biological Order

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164122
eISBN:
9780231537667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164122.003.0002
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter traces the origins of the imagery used to depict the biological tree of life, going back to the ancient Romans and their obsession with ancestors and reverence for nature. A tree ... More


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