Scientific Taxonomy and Earth's Biodiversity 000

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Scientific Taxonomy 1 Scientific Taxonomy and Earth’s Biodiversity Introduction to Life Science SCI/230 April 19, 2009
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Scientific Taxonomy 2 Scientific Taxonomy and Earth’s Biodiversity Introduction The Kingdom Animalia contains many different species of animals. The estimation is that there are around nine or ten million different species found on Earth. Kingdom Animalia is made up these species, which are discussed in this paper: mammals, insects, birds, and echinoderms. In this paper, the following animals will be discussed: armadillos, butterflies, elephants, hummingbirds, penguins, sand dollars, starfish, and termites. The above-mentioned animals have some similar and some separate characteristics that make them different from other animals. In addition, these animals are usually eukaryotic, heterotrophic, multicellular, mobile, are lacking cell walls, and go through a stage known as blastula. Mammals Armadillos and elephants are only two animals that make up the vast classification of mammals. These animals have similar characteristics such as bearing live born, breathe air with lungs, and are warm-blooded. However, these two animals have differences, which are noticeable. The characteristics of their bodies provide the most evidence. Armadillos are of a size, which is moderate, their skin is like armor, and they possess short legs and claws. Armadillos use their claws to dig for food such as grubs or insects. Armadillos belong to the family Cingulata, and Xenartha, which is made up of sloth and anteaters. Animals that possess a girdle like shell are classified as Cingulata (National Geographic, 1996). The characteristics of the elephant are huge size, having a trunk and tusk. Elephants eat plants mostly placing them in the class known as herbivores. Elephants belong to the family Proboscidea, and are the only animals in this classification. This classification is made up of
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