Friday, June 27, 2008

Calling all evolutionary biologists - protect the "Tree of Life" from extinction by Hollywood

OK, I am getting worried. As I wrote a few weeks ago, there is a new movie coming out supposedly next year called "The Tree of Life" starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and others. Well, the movie sounds like it could be good. But though this may sound like a cool thing to those of you out there who study the Tree of Life in some way, we are at risk here. There will soon be 100s of blogs, web pages, news stories, etc. writing about the Tree of Life movie. And uses of the Tree of Life by evolutionary biologists will lose their google rankings. The term "The Tree of Life" is at risk of a form of extinction.

So what are we to do? I am calling on all evolutionary biologists and bloggers and biologists in general to to link to other sites that use the term as much as possible. For example, you can add a link to my blog, which is after all called "The Tree of Life."

So please, add links to some Tree of Life pages. And start using the term yourself as much as possible.

Here are some places you should link to
Please post additional links in the comments here and please help save "The tree of life"
Note - here are some sites responding and helping save "The tree of life"


  1. Oh Eisen! If only you had taken proper precaution and followed XKCD's lead instead of using one of the most famous cultural icons in history... why not just TTOL (move over traveltalkonline!)

  2. Famous schmamous. We evolutionary biologists think everything belongs to us

  3. Jonathan, I've done my bit for Science here. read all about it!

  4. We evolutionary biologists are forever in your debt. Or at least until google goes away. So probably forever

  5. hey thanks for ur info and as u mentioned i linked to all the sites u mentioned on my blog.

  6. Thanks

    Keep spreading the word ...

  7. Oh Jonathan. You don't understand Google and you don't understand the nature of popularity in 2009.

  8. Hmm ... please enlighten me oh wise anonymous one


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