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PhyloPic - free silhouettes of life forms

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Organized by Mike Keesey
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Gildan Ultra Cotton T-shirt

Help PhyloPic cover the costs of web hosting.

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All funds raised will go to Mike Keesey, the organizer for PhyloPic's web hosting expenses.
57 items sold
$650 raised
100 goal
Thanks to our supporters!
$18
Gildan Ultra Cotton T-shirt
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Organized by Mike Keesey

About this campaign

PhyloPic is an online repository of freely reusable silhouette images of animals, plants, and other life forms. To date, it has amassed over 1750 images, all available under Creative Commons licenses. Help keep it going! (And get a sweet T-shirt.)

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PhyloPic was created by me, Mike Keesey, to fulfill one purpose: to provide the world with free silhouette images of animals, plants, and other life forms, all available under Creative Commons licenses. Launched in 2011, it has steadily amassed contributions from dozens of artists. Currently it has over 1750 images.

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In addition to the illustrations, PhyloPic stores a massive phylogenetic taxonomy of organisms. When searching for a silhouette, if the exact species isn't found, illustrations of close relatives will still appear. This makes PhyloPic an educational resource, since the taxonomy can be browsed and used to generate diagrams of evolutionary lineages.

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PhyloPic has proven useful to everyone from casual websurfers to educators to  serious researchers. Silhouettes from PhyloPic have shown up in classrooms, scientific papers, and conferences. And, since PhyloPic provides a free programmatic interface, it has been used to augment other projects.

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All work on PhyloPic is through volunteers: artists choose to donate their work to the community, and I do the web development and administration. I have also been paying for the web hosting. At this point I would like to encourage the public at large to help out.

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I am offering a T-shirt showing the evolution of humans from the earliest bilaterian animals ("worms"). This design, using silhouettes from PhyloPic, depicts the origins of vertebrates, tetrapods, mammals, primates, and finally us: Homo sapiens sapiens.

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If just 100 of you buy a T-shirt, you will collectively fund PhyloPic's web hosting costs for two years. You will be supporting students, teachers, and researchers — that's something to be proud of. (Or, just do it because it's a pretty cool T-shirt.)

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Thanks,

T. Michael Keesey
Web Developer

P.S. Follow @phylopic on Twitter for updates!

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Supporters

Anonymous 1 item

PhyloPic is an awesome resource

Diplo 1 item

I like PhyloPic.

Timothy Clark 1 item
PBF 1 item
Anonymous 1 item

very cool idea. I wish I had known about it sooner

Thea 1 item
Jo & Kat Lilore 1 item

Science + Art = Cool. Plus, Team Keesey

Matty H 1 item

Never have I contributed to a cause so important. I may never again, unless there is another one of these.. at that point, it may become hard to make such blanket statements about what the most important cause is, so revel for now.

Anonymous 1 item + $25

So useful!

Anonymous 1 item

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