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Phylogenetic Tree of Life Necklace

All life is connected, and this pendant represents the entirety of our Earth-bound biological extended family. A phylogenetic tree is a diagram that shows the evolutionary relationship between species. Every form of life on earth comes from common ancestry, which you can see as the tiny vertical line in the center of the pendant. Each branch extending outward represents a split in the evolutionary path. The little circle on the right side of the pendant shows where humans reside in the diagram... like a "You Are Here" dot marking our place in evolutionary history.

Although diagrams similar to phylogenetic trees had existed previously, Charles Darwin popularized the concept in The Origin of Species. They are still widely used because they so effectively communicate evolutionary backgrounds. 

This necklace is available in polished steel or gold plated steel. The pendants come on a surgical steel or gold plated steel 18 inch chain. Neither the pendants nor the chain will tarnish, saving you the trouble of periodic polishing. With reasonable care, your necklace should last and bring you science joy for years to come.

Perfect for:

  • Ecologists, evolutionary biologists
  • Biology researchers, teachers, students
  • Animal lovers, nature lovers... anyone who cares about the magnificent variety of life on our wild, fascinating planet

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
A beautiful design well executed

I'm a huge fan of this necklace - the design is gorgeous, it's well made as far as I can tell, and international delivery worked without any issues. The only thing I wish was different is if there was a heavier, sturdier version for guys like me. It would be great to have a few more masculine designs available in the store. :)

Kathy B
Phylogenic tree of life necklace and earings

Quality was great. Absolutely enthralled with the pieces. Worth every penny.

Mark Theriac

Wonderful design! Fine quality!

Katie Henderson
Stunning design and extremely high quality

I love this piece! I bought it because I love the gorgeous, intricate design but in real life you can tell it's extremely well made, too. It's the perfect blend of nerdy and sophisticated, which I aspire to embody (at least sometimes). I love everything I've bought from Boutique Academia and this is definitely a new favorite.


Order by Dec 15 with First Class shipping or by Dec 16 with Priority Mail shipping for delivery before December 25 within the United States.

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FREE SHIPPING for orders over $45 within the United States. Buy several items-- keep some and give others as gifts! If you don't quite hit the $45 total, First Class delivery within the U.S. is $3.50 per order, and Priority is $6.50 per order. Gift boxes are ALWAYS included for orders within the U.S. Unless otherwise stated above (near holidays), your order will be processed and mailed within 2 business days. (Near holidays, we often mail out same-day.) 

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We do not currently ship to the European Union. For all other countries outside the United States, USPS First Class International shipping without gift boxes is $8 per order. Please note: USPS First Class International shipping can take a very long time to arrive, averaging 4 - 12 weeks, depending on the country. USPS tracking numbers will work only until the package leaves the United States. We will replace packages that go missing before exiting the US border, but cannot replace packages that disappear after that.

The customer is responsible for any VAT or import tax charges.


We are so sure that you (or your lucky gift recipient) will love our jewelry that we have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee! If you are unhappy with your order for any reason, even if you just decided it wasn't your style after all, simply mail back your undamaged, unworn jewelry and we will give you a full refund minus shipping. Check our reviews... our goal is to get ALL THE STARS. If you have any kind of problem with your order, please email us at maile@boutiqueacademia.com. We want all of our customers to be completely satisfied!