Published December 23, 2019 | Version 12.3
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Open Tree of Life Synthetic Tree

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  • 2. University of Kansas
  • 3. University of California, Merced


Open Tree of Life aims to construct a comprehensive, dynamic and digitally-available tree of life by synthesizing published phylogenetic trees along with taxonomic data.


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