i think the most important stage in evolution is the cell. everything started because of a cell so, without a cell, none of us would be alive.
although humans are now the ruling species on earth, they wouldnt be here if it weren't for a cell. it took millions of years to develop, and thanks to them, we have all the animals, plants, bacterias, etc. on our earth today.
the cell is a very important thing in the tree of life, because it is like the first seed planted, and thanks to that, the whole of the rest of the tree could grow.
even though the cell is very small, it is still the thing we are made up of and it is one of the things that helps us keep on living.
and that is why i think the cell is the most important thing in evolution and the tree of life