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History of Taxonomy

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History of Taxonomy


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You get to uncover the many facets of Darwin’s theory of evolution, from the different types of natural selection and various adaptations, to analysis of fossil evidence and the effects of mate selection. Learn about genetic drift and gene flow in populations, as well as the theory of endosymbiosis.

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Now You Know

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Explain the classification system developed by Aristotle.
  • Explain the role of explorers in the classification of organisms.
  • Explain the modern classification system developed by Linnaeus.

Everything You'll Have Covered

Who developed the modern classification system that we use today?

~ Eighteenth century botanist Carl Linnaeus developed the modern classification system that we use today.

Define taxonomy in your own words.

~ Taxonomy is the science of naming and classifying organisms.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should be able to define the following terms: Alexander the Great, animal, and Aristotle.
Course Biology
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary Alexander the Great, animal, Aristotle