Science 101: What’s behind the biological classification system in use today?by: Dr. William C. Robertson, Ph.D.

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Whether students should memorize classification schemes (taxonomies) is a column in itself, but the author can address the role that this system plays in the study of biology. To that end, it will help to address how the system developed over time. And toward that end, you will do a simple activity to start.

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  • on Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:51 AM

This article explains why I didn’t major in biology. Understanding taxonomy back in the dark ages was hard on your memory. Since then it has gone through some serious changes (ones that some biologists are still arguing about.) To update to the most modern technique you need to understand cladistics which focuses on the evolutionary history of organisms. With the ability to determine DNA of an organism and the use of evolutionary history we now have a better understanding about organisms and their relationships to other organisms.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:11 AM

Like the author of this article I come to biology late in life and it was obviously something I did not study in great depth. The biological classification system has changed over the years. This article opened my eyes to some of the changes. I was surprised the author did not mention domains in his article. Regardless this article is interesting and a bit over my head.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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