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A simple introduction to Classification from KidsBiology.com
Excellent site for Classification of Animals including characterisitics of each of the Phyla, images and links.
Go to ARKive for a growing collection of information, images and videos about all our magnificent organisms on earth. There is a collection of education resources, which includes downloads for different age groups.

A more in-depth introduction about the Linnaen Binomial System of Nomenclature and Principles of Taxonomy.
Identify eight marine creatures from Chesapeake Bay, near Baltimore, USA using a dichotomous key.
Table of the Five kingdoms.
Excellent Glossary of terms.
Flashcards for Introduction and taxonomy.
Excellent interactive “Essential Study Guide” from McGraw Hill















1. What is the term for the science of classification?
Answer: taxonomy

2. Name the Greek philosopher that introduced the term species.
Answer: Aristotle

3. Name the scientist that created a classification system using species, genus and kingdom. Also tell what he called his naming system.
Answer: Carolus Linnaeus; binomial nomenclature

4. According to the hierarchical system of classification there are seven major categories. Name them in order from largest to smallest.
Answer: kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species


5. What are the five kingdoms?

Answer: Monera, Protista, Fungi, Plantae, Animalia