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The Linnaean System

Carolus Linnaeus The Swedish scientist Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778) developed the two-name (Genus and Species) system for identifying and classifying living things. The Linnaean System is based on a simple hierarchical structure in which organisms are sorted using the nomenclature of Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus and Species. Organisms belonging to the same kingdom are not necessarily very similar; organisms belonging to the same species are very similar and can produce offspring.

Taxonomic Classification

TAXON* Orca or Killer whale HUMAN
Kingdom
Phylum
Class
Order
Family
Genus
Species
Animalia
Chordata
Mammalia
Cetacea
Delphinidae
Orcinus
orca
Animalia
Chordata
Mammalia
Primates
Hominidae
Homo
sapiens
*Extra taxon levels can be used when needed (for example, suborders, superfamilies).




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