Biologists use a classification system to name organisms and group them in a logical manner
Scientists classify organisms and assign each organism a universally accept the name
What is Linnaeus's system of classifciation?
Includes seven levels (smallest to largest) --> species, genus, family, order, class, phylum, and kingdom
Developed by Carolus Linnaeus; it is a two-word naming system; each species is assigned a two-part scientific name; always written in italics and the first word is capitalized and the second word is lowercased
Group or level of organization into which organisms are classified
Group of genera that share many characteristics
Griyo if similar families
Group of similar orders
Group of closely related classes
Large taxonomic group, consisting of closely related phyla
How are evolutinary relationships important in classification?
Biologists now group organisms into categories that represent lines of evolutionary descent, or phylogeny, not just physical similarities
How can DNA and RNA help scientists determine evolutionary relationships?
The genes of many organisms show important similarities at the molecular level; similarities in DNA can be used to help determine classification and evolutinary relationships
Evolutionary relationships among organisms
The strategy of grouping organisms together based on their evolutionary history
Characteristics that appear in recent parts of a lineage but not in its older members
A diagram that shows the evolutionary relationships among a group of organisms
Uses DNA comparisons to estimate the length of time that two species have been evolving independently