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Ch 1: Biological Diversity in the Living World

About This Chapter

This overview of biological diversity in the living world covers the animal kingdom, the plant kingdom, taxonomy, binomial nomenclature, and more. These brief lessons are great for individuals preparing for an exam or needing a review of biological diversity.

Biological Diversity in the Living World - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter will improve your understanding of biological diversity in the living world. You'll review the classification of species, systematics, and interesting characteristics of animals. After completing the chapter, you should be prepared to:

  • Discuss basic biology, including the seven characteristics that all living organisms share
  • Explain the historical development of systematics
  • Describe the contributions of Carolus Linnaeus in the 1700s
  • Understand the classification and naming of living things
  • Define binomial nomenclature
  • Detail facts about species in Kingdom Animalia
  • Provide examples of organisms in Kingdom Plantae

These video and text lessons help you quickly get up to speed on biological diversity in the living world. Vocabulary words are highlighted in bold print for quick reference. You can use the Help tab or your Dashboard to submit questions to instructors if you get stuck on a topic. For video lessons, the timelines let you easily navigate to specific topics.

8 Lessons in Chapter 1: Biological Diversity in the Living World
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Biology: The Study of Life

1. Biology: The Study of Life

This lesson is going to discuss the basics of biology. We will discuss the study of biology, including the characteristics that are shared by all living organisms.

The Defining Characteristics of Living Organisms

2. The Defining Characteristics of Living Organisms

A house is not a living thing, but the people, animals, and plants living inside it are. So how do we define 'life'? Learn about seven characteristics that all living organisms have in common, no matter how different they may look on the outside.

Systematics: Definition & History

3. Systematics: Definition & History

In this lesson we will explore the biological term 'systematics'; what it means, what purpose it serves in understanding the world around us, and the historical development of this key scientific tool.

Carolus Linnaeus: Classification, Taxonomy & Contributions to Biology

4. Carolus Linnaeus: Classification, Taxonomy & Contributions to Biology

There are millions of species on Earth. How can we name and organize all of them without getting confused? We use a system developed in the 1700s by Carolus Linnaeus. Learn more about him and his contributions in this lesson.

Taxonomy: Classification and Naming of Living Things

5. Taxonomy: Classification and Naming of Living Things

The name you give to a living thing may be completely different than the name someone else uses. In science, we use a common naming system for all living things to avoid confusion. This lesson will explore the basics of our classification system.

Binomial Nomenclature: Definition, Classification & System

6. Binomial Nomenclature: Definition, Classification & System

Life on Earth is incredibly diverse, with over one million species. But have you ever wondered how all these organisms are named? In this lesson, you'll learn about the scientific naming system called binomial nomenclature.

Animalia Kingdom: Definition, Characteristics & Facts

7. Animalia Kingdom: Definition, Characteristics & Facts

With over one million different species, the Animalia Kingdom is considered the largest kingdom. Its organisms also inhabit the most diverse habitats on Earth. This lesson will examine what characteristics animals possess and then will list some awesome animal facts.

Kingdom Plantae: Facts, Characteristics & Examples

8. Kingdom Plantae: Facts, Characteristics & Examples

Chances are, you can thank a plant for your clothes, your food, and even your house. This lesson will explore the kingdom plantae including characteristics plants share as well as some facts and examples of organisms within this kingdom.

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