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SONIFICATION OF PHYLOGENETIC TREES: LISTENING TO EVOLUTION

Henri Boutin

Abstract

A phylogenetic tree is a visual representation of the evolutionary relationships linking organisms or species, analogous to a genealogy for members of a family. In phylogenetic trees, nodes represent ancestors, leaves represent species, and edges represent time or the amount of character or genetic change. The visualization and the comparison of such hierarchical structure can be very challenging, especially when the number of species is high. In this work, we suggest a new approach for getting insights into the main structural features of phylogenetic trees. We define simple rules for the sonification of a phylogeny and apply them to the simplified tree of Boroeutheria, a group of mammals comprising, among others, human, mouse, rabbit, whale and cat. This approach appears to be very promising for better apprehending tree structures.
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hal-01893569 , version 1 (11-10-2018)

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Henri Boutin, Damien de Vienne. SONIFICATION OF PHYLOGENETIC TREES: LISTENING TO EVOLUTION. Journées d'Informatique Musicale (JIM) 2017, May 2017, Paris, France. ⟨hal-01893569⟩
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