Ornithodiran Phylogenetic Tree
WARNING: Based on an oudated reference. Should be taken as a proof of concept while it isn't updated.
Download the *.pdf for full view.
EDIT 20100324: Redo and expansion.
This is what held my nose to the grindstone for the best part of the last two weeks. If there ever was something that tested my resolve* it was this: on the first version you could tell there was point were I simply gave up on a coherent style. Now my resolve to "finish" this was such that I welcomed the 7 km trek** to the local retail park to fetch a new pair of headphones for the time off the grindstone and the luxury of having music while on it.
Remembering how I sat dazed on my bed not quite able to lie down and sleep after working without that amenity, I'm pretty sure the hits of the last three decades of the 20th century helped me to hold on to what sanity I have. While musical tastes offer little to dispute, I may still have had some lingering effects as I redid this not only once, fixing the aforementioned stylistic issues of the first version, but twice, expanding the phylogenetic detail boosted by the overall success of the first try and dissatisfied with the subsequent editing.
Don't get me started on the minor epic of trying to convert this from *.ai to *.pdf: what you find here is the best I can do though pointers on how to do it better (i.e., make the *.pdf behave like an *.ai while zooming) are very welcome.
Is this finished? Not by a long shot. Even as I write this I'm already planning to redo the phyletic certainty markers, to find a font that allows wider formatting options, to update this as my hard drive references allow and to figure out what to do with the white spaces around the tree. Loftier aims include graphically codifying clade definition types and expanding this tree at least to Amniota.
(Un)fortunately, while this was fun as a test to myself, I'd rather apply myself to studying Immunology now if you don't mind. That said, I would rather be made aware of any editing mishaps as quickly as possible.
Old Artist's Comments
Just yesterday I realized I could submit this here *rolls eyes* I finished the work and did the half-assed preview for the *.pdf download.
Beware that although this is based in a relatively recent source, 2 years old, time is usually unforgiving to such conceptual constructions. I've cleared away from tentatively placed clades so you won't find Compsognathus or Columbiformes here but this should however give you a good idea of how dinosaurs are related with each other.
*Or I may have a very, very stubborn streak. Take it as you will.
**I think I walked a total of 16 km in that journey. Good thing I was prescient enough to take my camera with me.
Done in Illustrator 10.