Classification Systems And The Linnaean Classification System

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All living organisms on our planet have been thoroughly evaluated, documented, and then placed into a specific area of the Linnaean Classification system. This system was implemented in 1735 to help sort and distinguish different animals that may look or act alike. Classification helps scientists to take a look at a collection of animals at once and develop a theory of familial relationships between individuals involved.
The Linnaean Classification system has nine major components to it where organisms can be sorted. The largest and most general groups are the three domains, Archaea, Bacteria, and Eukarya. Then Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus and Species follow after. As the list goes down, each section becomes more and more specific, eventually narrowing down to a single species of animal. As the list narrows both morphological and molecular traits of an animal becomes more and more specific leading to the complete separation of a species from the genus or even higher up the system, like separating a family from an order.
The Domains following are very general. They include only prokaryotic individuals that have very similar traits to one another within the domain. Meaning that those within the Bacteria Domain have little to nothing in common with those within the Archaea Domain.

Archaea/Bacteria The Archaea Domain is different from Bacteria, and there are several key elements to prove so. The first being the unique ribosomes those within the Archaea…

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