Plant Evolution Timeline

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This tool has been developed and tested within Firefox 2.0, and has some problems when running in other browsers (most notably Internet Explorer). If you experience any problems you may wish to download Firefox (for free) by clicking the link below. For best results, you should use Firefox 2.0 or later on a screen with resolution at least 1280 x 800.

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About this tool

This is a semantic web tool designed to help students studying the topics of Plant Evolution. It allows learners to visualise the circumstances and factors contributing to the current diversity of plant life. It was created initially to support Plant Scientists studying at the University of Cambridge with their learning of plant evolution, but it may be useful for any students studying biology, evolution, or related topics. If you are a Cambridge Plant Sciences student, it is recommended that you access the timeline via CamTools, so you can also access links to lecture materials.

Getting started

Before you start, you might like to read the help section which details the full capabilities of the tool. Note: This tool has been developed using Firefox, and may not function fully within other web browsers. Click here to download the latest version of Firefox. When you are ready to start, click here to launch the Timeline.


This tool was created at the Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technology at the University of Cambridge, as a collaboration between the Ensemble Project and Department of Plant Sciences. The timeline itself is produced using a modified version of the Timeplot tool developed as part of the SIMILE project at MIT, together with some site-specific scripting.

The tool was developed by Nicola Peart and Ben Roberts, supervised by Katy Jordan, with feedback from Howard Griffiths and Beverley Glover. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.

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