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Unformatted text preview: Linneus attempted to pigeon-hole (or classify) all known species of his time (1753). Linnean hierarchical classification was based on the premise that the species was the smallest unit, and that each species (or taxon ) nested within a higher category. This image is from http://linnaeus.nrm.se/botany/fbo/welcome.html.en . Kingdom Animalia Phylum (Division for plants) Chordata Class Mammalia Order Primates Family Hominidae Genus Homo speciessapiens Linneus also developed the concept of binomial nomenclature , whereby scientists speaking and writing different languages could communicate clearly. For example Man in English is Hombre in Spanish, Herr in German, Ren in Chinese, and Homo in Latin. Linneus settled on Latin, which was the language of learned men at that time. If a scientist refers today to Homo , all scientists know what organism/taxon he or she means....
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