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2.02: Naming and Classifying Animals

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  • There are more than 1.5 million different kinds of living organism on Earth ranging from small and simple bacteria to large, complex mammals. From the earliest time that humans have studied the natural world they have named these living organisms and placed them in different groups on the basis of their similarities and differences.


    • Ruth Lawson (Otago Polytechnic; Dunedin, New Zealand)