Biology Chapter 09-1 - things Biologists use a system to...

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Chapter 9 Section 1 - Classifying - sorting it all out Imagine that you live in a tropical rain forest and must get your own food, clothing, and  shelter from the forest. What do you need to know to survive in the forest? You need to know what plants are safe to eat and which are not. You need to know which animals you can eat and which ones can eat you. In other words, you need to put the living things around you into order, and classify  them. Classification - the division of organisms into groups, or classes, based on specific characteristics. Scientists classify organisms to help make sense and order of many kinds of living 
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Unformatted text preview: things. Biologists use a system to classify living things. This system groups organisms according to the characteristics they share. The classification of living things makes it easier for biologists to answer important questions. In the 1700’s a Swedish scientist named Carolus Linnaeus founded modern taxonomy. Taxonomy - the science of describing, classifying, and naming living things. Linnaeus, the father of taxonomy, devised a 7 level system of classification. 7 Levels of Classification kingdom phylum class order family genus species...
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