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  • 1. Finding Order in Diversity 18.1
  • 2. Taxon
    Group or level of organization into which organisms are classified.
  • 3. Binomial Nomenclature
    Classification system in which each species is assigned a two-part scientific name.
  • 4. Genus
    Group of closely related species, and the first part of the scientific name in binomial nomenclature.
  • 5. Taxonomy
    Discipline of classifying organisms and assigning each organism a universally accepted name.
  • 6. Family
    Group of genera that share many characteristics.
  • 7. Order
    Group of similar families.
  • 8. Class
    Group of similar orders.
  • 9. Phylum
    Group of closely related classes.
  • 10. Kingdom
    Large taxonomic group, consisting of closely related phyla.
  • 11. Key Concept
    How are living things organized for study?
    To study the diversity of life, biologists use a classification system to name organisms and group them in a logical manner.
  • 12. Key Concept
    What is Binomial Nomenclature?
    Each species is assigned a two-part scientific name.
  • 13. Key Concept
    What is Linnaeus’ system of classification?
    Linnaeus’ hierarchical system of classification includes seven levels. They are from smallest to largest species, genus, family, order, class, phylum, and kingdom.