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The Tree of Life was made by collaboration between the Wellcome Trust, the BBC and the Open University. The project was set up to celebrate the work of Darwin and to produce an updated version of the Tree of Life, created by Shadow Industries, that reflects our deeper understanding of evolution since Darwin's day.

The project has combined the latest scientific knowledge with cutting-edge technology to produce a visually stunning, fully accessible and scientifically accurate interactive Tree of Life. All the files used in the project are freely available to edit and use, under the terms of our Creative Commons licence, so you can get closer to the history of life on Earth than ever before.