This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.View Full Document
Unformatted text preview: CLASSIFICATION OF ORGANISMS Living organisms are grouped according to similarities. Each organism is assigned a scientific name. TAXONOMIC HIERARCHY This is the complete list of taxa (classification groups) which are used to classify living organisms: Domain (this is a relatively new one) Kingdom Phylum Division (this one may be used in place of phylum in botany) Class Order Family Genus Species Organisms are grouped according to common properties (characteristics) and an estimate as to how closely related they are to a common ancestor. Some classifications are at least partly based on fossils, but this type of material is available mostly for the larger eukaryocytes. Microbes leave very few fossils, so other evidence often must be used for them....
View Full Document
- Fall '09
- Bacteria, unusual end products, eukaryocytes. Microbes, Unusual metabolic processesthe