The Science Of Taxonomy And Classification System Essays

1299 Words Mar 25th, 2016 6 Pages
The science 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 it 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 such as the invention of the microscope and DNA sequencing technology. Another reason that the classification system has changed and is continuing to change is the discovery of new species.
In the past, the classification system classified organisms purely by physical features. However, because of the advancement of scientific technologies, biologists have realized that the Linnean classification system is outdated and inaccurate.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…

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