Life Science Posters and Charts

The Life Science Revolution

   In 1735, Carolus Linnaeus published the first edition of his Systema Naturae, which set forth his system for classifying all living things. Over the years it evolved into the familiar phyla, order, family species organization.  But Linnaeus only classified living species; he was unaware of prehistoric life. Scientists now estimate that living species account for less than one-tenth of one percent of all animals that have every lived and that the Linnaeus system is the “tail wagging the dog” as it fails to show the relationship between living and prehistoric species. The Linnaeus system is now obsolete as it has been replaced by the new cladistics classification system. It uses phylogenetic systematics to reflect changes in physical characteristics in an evolutionary tree-type organization.  This new system is presented in being taught in all the colleges, but is just now working it way into hgh schools and middle schools.
     We are proud to present a series of three cutting-edge posters that are invaluable to the understanding of our how e look at life on earth. The all-new Animal Kingdom 2 presents new cladistic classification system. Animal Development and Milestones of Vertebrate Evolution show and explain the underlying information and organization.
     Each of these three posters is self-contained and may be used independently of the others, but they also complement one another and are more effective when presented together. They provide an invaluable, quickly accessible reference to educators, students, professionals and others who are curious about the world in which we live.
   These are actually two overlapping sets. Animal Development, Milestones of Evolution and Animal Kingdom comprise the first set. Animal Kingdom and Plant Kingdom comprise the other.

Plant Kingdom
    The revolutionary changes in the way we look at animal life have had little impact on the plant kingdom. Classification has been comparatively stable. Linnaeus is still king. The original purpose of this new edition of ther popular Plant Kingdom poster was to match the graphic design of Animal Kingdom 2, once again making them a matched set. We took advantage of this opportunity to add the four divisions of extinct plants resulting in a new poster.

Both posters are great for life science classes but the nontechnical presentation makes them popular with both animal and plant lovers.



Plant Kingdom

The Vertebrates

   This four poster set provides a comprehensive overview of the living vertebrates. Animal life is now undergoing the transition from the Linnaeus classification system to the new cladistic classification system. Birds have been reclassified under the new system. There have been many systems proposed for the other animals, but none has been widely accepted. This required that the posters present the animals in the context of their existing orders. Each of these posters presents all of the orders within the group. Marsupials and cartilaginous fish contain so many orders that they are presented as super orders.
    Each order is introduced by the common name or names (such as Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises), followed by the biological name (Cetacea), the number of species and a brief description. A great many representational species are beautifully shown, all identified by both common and biological name.
    This is the first time that a comprehensive overview of this enormous and complex subject has ever been presented on posters. This set is invaluable for life science classes and anywhere else that the study of animals takes place.

Other Titles