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1 Classification Organizing the Diversity of Life

2 The grouping of objects or information based on similarities

3 Branch of biology dealing with the identification, classification, and nomenclature of organisms.

4 How to Organize? Plants Animals Trees Land Shrubs Air Herbs Water Problem: Birds, bats, and insects were grouped together Aristotle (384- 322 B.C.E.)

5 Classification based on physical and structural similarities Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778) Created binomial nomenclature (2 word naming system) 1 st word = Genus (genera if plural) = a group of similar species 2 nd word = specific epithet = Species Scientific name = Genus + specific epithet e.g. Homo sapiens

6 Rules for writing species names 1.Latin is the language of scientific names (Latin is no longer spoken, so it does not change) 2.Italicize in print and underline when hand written 3.1 st letter of the genus is CAPITALIZED & 1 st letter of specific epithet is lowercase

7 Canis lupus = Grey wolf Canis latrans = Coyote

8 Cougar? Puma? Panther? Catamount? Mountain lion? Or…

9 Cougar? Puma? Panther? Catamount? Mountain lion? Or… Felis concolor?

10 Kingdom Kinky Phylum Phil Class Came Order Over Family For Genus Good Species Sex


12 All Living Organisms are grouped into... 3 DOMAINS EUBACTERIA - true bacteria ARCHAEA - ancient prokaryotes EUCARYA - modern eukaryotes


14 Species – organisms that look alike and successfully interbreed Genus – A group of similar species which that have similar features and are closely related Family – A group of similar genera Order – A group of similar families Class – A group of similar orders Phylum – A group of similar classes Kingdom – A group of similar phyla


16 Six Kingdoms Eubacteria · Prokaryotic · True bacteria · RNA is simple · Have true cell walls · Unicellular Archaebacteria · Prokaryotic · RNA more complex · Unicellular

17 Six Kingdoms Protista · Eukoryotic · Autotrophs and heterotrophs · Lacks organs systems · Lives in moist environments · Unicellular or multicellular Fungi · Eukaryotic · Heterotrophs · Unicellular or multicellular · Absorbs nutrients from organic material in its environment · Unicellular or multicellular

18 Six Kingdoms Plantae · Eukaryotic · Autotrophs · Multicellular · Photosynthetic Animalia · Eukaryotic · Heterotrophs · Multicellular

19 Evolutionary Classification To study history one must know in advance that one is attempting something fundamentally impossible, yet necessary and highly important. To study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning. -Father Jacobus


21 Evolutionary Classification Phylogeny - evolutionary history of a group of organisms Cladistics – The study of evolutionary relationships between groups to construct their family tree NOTDerived characters – Characteristics which appear in recent parts of a lineage but NOT in its older members (Evolutionary innovation)

22 Evolutionary Classification Most recent common ancestor -- The ancestral organism from which a group of descendants arose.





27 Character -- Heritable trait possessed by an organism Clade -- a group of organisms which includes the most recent common ancestor and all of the descendants of that most recent common ancestor. Cladogram -- A diagram, resulting from a cladistic analysis, which depicts a hypothetical branching sequence of lineages leading to the taxa under consideration. Nodes --The points of branching within a cladogram.

28 ingroup -- In a cladistic analysis, the set of taxa which are hypothesized to be more closely related to each other than any are to the outgroup. Parsimony -- the simplest evolutionary hypothesis; it explains the data in the most economical way




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