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2 Aristotle: about 2,300 years BP Plants and animals, habitats and physical differences Carolus Linnaeus: in the late 1700s The system we have today, with the kingdoms Linnaeus classified organisms not just by structural similarities and differences, but by evolutionary relationships.

3 We are unsure of the true number of species on Earth, but up to now scientists have classified: 1.4 million The true total number of species is estimated between: 2-100 million There are three domains, into which scientists have grouped all living things: Archaea Eubacteria Eukarya Prokaryotes In the Linnaean system, kingdoms are the largest taxon, or grouping of organisms. However, recently scientists have described yet a larger taxon. Eukaryotes

4 Classification Binomial nomenclature is the most common two name system known to science. Kingdom: Phylum: Class: Order: Family: Genus: Species: Animalia Chordata Mammalia Primates Hominidae Homo sapiens The science of classification is known as TAXONOMY. Taxonomic nomenclature is a fancy way of saying “our scientific system of naming orgainsms”. Binomial nomenclature is the part of taxonomic nomenclature that contains the final two classifications…that of Genus, and species. TAXONOMIC NOMENCLATURE OF HUMANS: Domain: Eukarya What is the binomial nomenclature of humans? ANS: Homo sapiens

5 Taxonomy, the classification of organisms according to similarity, has been influenced by phylogenetics. Classification of Living Things DOMAINBacteriaArchaeaEukarya KINGDOMEubacteriaArchaebacteriaProtistaFungiPlantaeAnimalia CELL TYPEProkaryote Eukaryote CELL STRUCTURES Cell walls with peptidoglycan Cell walls without peptidoglycan Cell walls of cellulose in some; some have chloroplasts Cell walls of chitinCell walls of cellulose; chloroplasts No cell walls or chloroplasts NUMBER OF CELLS Unicellular Most unicellular; some colonial; some multicellular Most multicellular; some unicellular Multicellular MODE OF NUTRITION Autotroph or heterotroph HeterotrophAutotrophHeterotroph EXAMPLESStreptococcus, Escherichia coli Methanogens, halophiles Amoeba, Paramecium, slime molds, giant kelp Mushrooms, yeastsMosses, ferns, flowering plants Sponges, worms, insects, fishes, mammals

6 Classification of Four Organisms CornWhale Shark Humpback Whale Spider Monkey Kingdom PlantaeAnimalia Phylum AnthophytaChordata Class MonocotyledonesChondrichthyesMammalia Order CommelinalesSqualiformesCetaceaPrimates Family PoaceaeRhincodontidaeBalaenopteridaeAtelidae Genus ZeaRhincodonMegapteraAteles Species Zea maysRhinacodon typusMegaptera novaeangilae Ateles paniscus You can tell simply by looking at this taxonomic table, which organisms are more closely related by observing their similarities. The more they have in common…the more related they are. Which two organisms are most closely related? To what domain would all these organisms belong? Eukarya Pay close attention to this taxonomic table, because the activity designed for later, and tomorrow will have you designing one of your own.

7 Notice that as you move down through the “taxons”, you see more and more specificity, and fewer and fewer organisms… until finally, you arrive at the species, and there is only one! Into what domain would plants fit?Eukarya

8 Archaebacteria Eubacteria Protista Fungi Plantae Animalia Monerans Algae, protozoans, and slime molds Mushrooms, molds, yeasts and lichens Plants Animals

9 There are only a couple hundred species of archaebacteria that have been classified on Earth, and most of them live in extreme environments. An extremophile is an organism that thrives under "extreme" conditions, such as: low or high pH high salt concentration high temperatures low temperatures All archaebacteria are unicellular prokaryotes, and lack distinct membrane bound organelles… but unlike Eubacteria, Archaebacteria do not have peptidoglycan in their cell walls. Autotrophs Heterotrophs Chemotrophs Interestingly, archaebacteria have complex genetic makeup, and their genes have similar structure to those found in eukaryotes (far more complex organisms). Questions have been raised about which came first, as a result!

10 Just as the archaebacteria, Eubacteria are all unicellular prokaryotes…but some live in colonial fashion. There are 10,000 described species. They have extremely strong cell walls, no defined nucleus or membrane bound organelles, and a less complex genetic makeup than found in archaebacteria and eukaryotes. While some Eubacteria are known to cause diseases, such as strep throat and pneumonia, most are harmless and indeed are actually helpful, like Lactobacillus acidophilus

11 Kingdom Protista is hugely diverse (250,000 species). While most are unicellular, some are multicellular, but they all share some common characteristics. Protists are eukaryotes that lack complex organ systems and live in moist environments. Some are plant-like autotrophs Some are animal-like heterotrophs Still others are fungi-like heterotrophs With the diversity of this kingdom in mind, many scientists believe it should be divided to make it more manageable.

12 Yeast Puffball Organisms in Kingdom Fungi are heterotrophs that do not move from place to place. They can be either unicellular or multicellular eukaryotes that absorb nutrients from organic materials in the environment. There are more than 50,000 known species of fungi, and they are all decomposers. Stinkhorn fly agarics mushroom

13 Sometimes the fungus doesn't wait for the organism to die, in which case the fungus is called a parasite. Another thing that sets fungi apart from plants and other organisms with cell walls, is the presence of chitin. Chitin is a polysaccharide that is beneficial as a structural strengthener in the fungi organism. Most fungi are decomposers, and they digest things extracellularly, and then absorb the nutrients through a network of “root-like” structures known as hyphae.

14 All plants are multicellular autotrophic eukaryotes. Plants are sessile. Cells usually contain chloroplasts to help in the production of sugars during photosynthesis. Cell walls which contain cellulose. Plant “bodies” are organized from cells, to tissues, to organs, to organ systems. There are more than 250,000 species of plants described on Earth today. While the more familiar flowering plants exist, don’t forget about the lowly mosses, ferns and evergreens

15 Like plants, all animals are multicellular. Unlike plants, however, all animals are heterotrophs. Nearly all of them move from place to place Animal cells do not contain cell walls, or chloroplasts Animal “bodies” are organized into cells, tissues, organs and organ systems. There are an amazing 1,000,000 species of described animals on Earth. Animals range from the most simple invertebrate sponge, to the most complex vertebrate mammal.

16 Porifera Cnidarians Platyhelminthes Nematoda Rotifera Mollusks Annelids

17 Arthropods Echinoderms



20 Classification of Four Organisms CornWhale Shark Humpback Whale Spider Monkey Kingdo m PlantaeAnimalia Phylum AnthophytaChordata Class Monocotyledon es ChondrichthyesMammalia Order CommelinalesSqualiformesCetaceaPrimates Family PoaceaeRhincodontidaeBalaenopterid ae Atelidae Genus ZeaRhincodonMegapteraAteles Species Zea maysRhinacodon typus Megaptera novaeangilae Ateles paniscus Hopefully, this table looks familiar to you! Each lab group will get a random list of 10 organisms to classify based upon their taxonomic nomenclature. Students will research each of these organisms, and place them in a classification table such as this. Based upon their classification, students will then decide which two are most closely related, and which two (or more) are most distantly related. They will justify that relationship with data they found while researching. Then, students will draw and color these four organisms for placement on their posters. Have some fun with this! The humpback whale and the spider monkey diverge at the order taxon. This makes them the most closely related of all four. The three animals are most distantly related to the plant at the kingdom taxon.

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