how do scientists classify organisms? aim #4

classification
grouping organisms by physical characteristics

taxonomy
the study of how organisms are classified

Linneaus
gave organisms 2 names: genus and species…ex: felis (genus) lionis (species)

catagories of classification
kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species

kingdom
broadest group, share general characteristics: # of cells and how you obtain your food

phylum
smaller than a kingdom, focuses on specific characteristics: backbone, no backbone

genus
organisms look similar are closely related

species
share common DNA and can reproduce to make off spring who can reproduce

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