Filling In the Blanks on a Map of Life

June 16, 2012


Have you ever longed for a Google map of koala bears? Bald eagles? Red pandas? A team of researchers from Yale and the University Colorado at Boulder have made it happen.

This month they released a demo version of a Web-based “Map of Life” intended to eventually reflect the distribution of all plant and animal life on earth.

The tool is constantly growing and evolving, but at present it maps the known distribution of over 25,000 different species of terrestrial vertebrates and North American freshwater fish, based on over 200 years of data from field guides, museums, citizen scientists and groups like the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and the World Wildlife Fund.

Read the full article on the New York Times: