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Baum, D.A., S.D. Smith, and S.S. Donovan. 2005. The tree-thinking challenge (pdf). Science 310(5750):979-980. DOI: 10.1126/science.1117727
Supporting online material for the tree-thinking challenge (pdf)

Catley, K.M., and L.R. Novick. 2008. Seeing the wood for the trees: An analysis of evolutionary diagrams in biology textbooks (pdf). BioScience 58(10):976-987. DOI: 10.1641/B581011

Catley, K.M., L.R. Novick, and C.K. Shade. Published online January 1, 2010. Interpreting evolutionary diagrams: When topology and process conflict (pdf). Journal of Research in Science Teaching. DOI: 10.1002/tea.20384

Gregory, R.T. 2008. Understanding evolutionary trees (pdf). Evolution: Education and Outreach 1(2):121-137. DOI: 10.1007/s12052-008-0035-x

Halverson, K.L. 2010. Using pipe cleaners to bring the Tree of Life to life (pdf). The American Biology Teacher 72(4):223-224. DOI: 10.1525/abt.2010.72.4.4

MacDonald, T.E. 2010. Communicating phylogeny: Evolutionary tree diagrams in museums. Paper presented at the NARST (National Association for Research in Science Teaching). Philadelphia, PA.

Meisel, R.P. 2010. Teaching tree-thinking to undergraduate biology students (pdf). Evolution Education and Outreach. DOI: 10.1007/s12052-010-0254-9

Nee, S. 2005. The great chain of being (pdf). Nature 435:429. DOI: 10.1038/435429a

Novick, L.R., K.M. Catley, and D.J. Funk. Published online June 22, 2010. Characters are key: The effect of synapomorphies on cladogram comprehension (pdf). Evolution Education and Outreach. DOI: 10.1007/s12052-010-0243-z

Novick, L.R., C.K. Shade, and K.M. Catley. Published online January 19, 2010. Linear versus branching depictions of evolutionary history: Implications for diagram design (pdf). Topics in Cognitive Science 1-24. DOI: 10.1111/j.1756-8765.2009.01077.x

Travels in the Great Tree of Life website, Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University

The Tree of Life web project

From the Understanding Evolution website:
   Phylogenetic systematics, a.k.a. evolutionary trees
   The family tree
   Understanding phylogenies
   Building the tree
   Using the tree for classification

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