Skip to main content

tree of life Archives

Forget sponges: the earliest animals were marine jellies

Apr. 10, 2017—A powerful new method has been devised to settle contentious phylogenetic tree-of-life issues. such as "What is the oldest branch of the animal family tree?"

Read more

Life, Earth and Space releases Research Strategic Plan Undergraduate Residential Experience


Could comb jellies, close cousins of jellyfish, be the earliest ancestors of animals?

Dec. 13, 2013—With their intricate, translucent shapes and elaborate bioluminescent displays, comb jellies add beauty and mystery to the ocean depths. They also have an important story to tell about the origin of animals.

Read more

Research Research Blog


Untangling the tree of life

May. 15, 2013—Vanderbilt phylogeneticists examined the reasons why large-scale tree-of-life studies are producing contradictory results and have proposed a suite of novel techniques to resolve the contradictions.

Read more

Life, Earth and Space releases Research