Flashcards in Ch. 10.1 : Classification Deck (9):
The process by which living organisms are sorted into groups
What are the groups in the taxonomic hierarchy?
Koalas play crotchet on fluffy ground sometimes
What is a domain?
A further level of classification in the hierarchy. This level of classification is placed at the top of the hierarchy.
Why do scientists classify organisms?
- to identify species
- to predict characteristics
- to find evolutionary links
What are the advantages of using the binomial naming system?
Scientists worldwide can share their research
Links between different organisms can be seen, even if they live on different continents
What are the three domains?
A group of organisms that can interbreed to produce fertile offspring
Why are the offspring of different species infertile?
They have an odd number of chromosomes. This means that meiosis and gamete production cannot take place correctly as all chromosomes must all pair up.