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THE HISTORY OF LIFE (IN LIST FORMAT)

Life, as they say, is full of surprises - and over the course of the past 500 or so million years, it has thrown up its fair share. This page provides an index of clades covered on this site thus far.

A wastebin taxon for non-vegetables and non-minerals.

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The beginnings of a backbone.

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Fish without our old friend Jaws.

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Fish - with armour plating!

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Before sharks were sharks, they were spiny.

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Cartilaginous fish, including our old friend Jaws!

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The ray-finned fishes.

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The lobe-finned fishes, our lineage.

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Tentatively, vertebrates conquer the land.

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Frogs, toads, salamanders and caecilians.

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From emergence to the rise of mammals.

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Mammals, from the Jurassic to us.

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From early lizard-like forms to dinosaurs.

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Look, birdies!

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early Animalia
Agnatha
Chondrichthyes
Actinopterygii
  • Palaeonisciformes
  • Polypteridae
  • Acipenseridae
  • Pholidopleuriformes
  • Oerleidiformes
  • Neopterygii
    • Lepisosteidae
    • Semionotidae
    • Pychodontidae
    • Macrosemiidae
    • Halecomorphi
    • Teleostei
      • early teleosts
      • Osteoglossomorpha
      • Elopomorpha
      • Clupeomorpha
      • Ostaripphysi
      • Euteleostei
        • Salmoniformes etc.
        • Neoteleostei
          • Stomiiformes
          • Autopiformes
          • Myctophiformes
          • Acanthomorpha
            • Paracanthopterygii
            • Atherinomorpha
Lissamphibia
  • Lissamphibia
    • Gymnophonia
      • Apoda
        • Caeciliidae
        • Chikilidae
        • Dermophiidae
        • Herpelidae
        • Ichthyophiidae
        • Grandisoniidae
        • Rhinatrematidae
        • Scolecomorphidae
        • Siphonopidae
        • Typhlonectidae
    • Batrachia
      • Allocaudata
        • Albanerpetonidae
      • Caudata
        • Urodela
          • Cryptobranchoidea
          • Salamandroidea
      • Salientia
Sir Graham