The Tree of Life: The powerful mathematical idea at the heart of evolution

The way in which all living things — from microscopic bacteria to human beings to giant sequoia — are related to one another follows a deep and unexpected mathematical pattern, which we now know as the 'tree of life'. This pattern was discovered by naturalists over centuries, but it was Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace who realised that it held the key to understanding the origin and diversity of life on Earth.

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