Classification System And Classification Systems Essay

1423 Words Mar 2nd, 2016 6 Pages
The process of taxonomy and classification of organisms has changed significantly since the introduction of the first formal classification system in 1735. This first classification system was developed by Carolus Linnaeus and included the introduction of binomial nomenclature. Linnaeus was regarded as the father of taxonomy, however, his classification system has changed significantly due to the fact that the Linnaean system was simplistic and classified organisms based on physical characteristics. In the Linnaean system, there were 2 kingdoms (Animalia and Plantae). In comparison, the modern classification system recognizes 3 domains (Archaea, Eukarya, and Bacteria) and 6 kingdoms (Archaebacteria, Eubacteria, Plantae,Animalia and Fungi)within those domains. The classification system has changed rapidly due to technological advances, For example, scientists have recognised that classifying organisms purely on appearance is inaccurate due to a variety of factors.

In the past, the classification system relied purely on physical features. However, because of the advancement of scientific technology, biologists have realized that the Linnean classification system is outdated and inaccurate. In 1735 when Linnaeus developed his classification system, he believed that all organisms could be grouped into 2 kingdoms; Plantae and Animalia. However, towards the end of the 19th century, the invention of the optical microscope had brought huge changes to the classification. Due to…

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