Lifemap is a tool to explore the tree of life in an interactive manner, similar to the exploration of geographic maps. The tree displayed is a simplification of the taxonomy provided by the NCBI. The tree contains around 800,000 species. Each node (incl. species) in the tree can be clicked to get information and pictures retrieved from Wikipedia. It is also possible to compute and visualize the "route" between two taxa or clades in the tree.
Lifemap was written by Damien de Vienne, CNRS researcher at the Biometry and Evolutionary Biology Laboratory (Lyon, France).
For more information on Lifemap, see the article published in PLoS Biology: http://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.2001624
This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.
Fixed major bugs encountered on iPhone 4S, 5 and 5C.
Ratings and Reviews
Sadly, the best
This is the best app out there for phylogenetics I could find. It’s difficult, but not impossible to navigate, and the info seems questionable, though it does at least include a lot of species, including extinct species, which I couldn’t find in another usable app. The search feature does a great job of allowing you to type text into it. The tree doesn’t include homo sapien sapien (us) at all. Though it does include Denisovans and Neanderthals. Probably dozens of other known hominins and early humans are missing, including homo erectus, which should be ancestral to all of the homo sapien subspecies based on what we currently know.
Could be great
It’s a great zoomable phylogeny. It only falters in two ways: the phylogenies/taxonomies are out-of-date or partially missing and the non-zooming navigation is nonfunctional. Two different search bars are available but do not function. Also while zooming is fine, panning—especially vertically—is a challenge.
Homo contains H. heidelbergensis, H. sapiens neanderthalensis , & H. sapiens denisova—THE END—we (H. sapiens sapiens) aren’t actually included.
With updates & fixes, it would be much better, rivaling anything else out there.
Search Option Does Nothing
The app is exactly what I was looking for. A map of how all species relate. The search option doesn’t seem to work, so it is not very interactive. This eliminates a large portion of the app’s functionality.
The developer, Laboratoire de Biométrie et Biologie Évolutive, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.
No Details Provided
The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.
- Laboratoire de Biometrie et Biologie Evolutive
- 21.1 MB
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 9.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- © 2016 Damien de Vienne