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In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:
- What is the study of taxonomy?
- How does the dichotomous key work?
- How did fungi, plants, prokaryotes and protists evolve?
- What unique evolutionary histories associated with animals and humans?
1. 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.
2. The Evolution of Prokaryotes: Archaebacteria and Eubacteria
The first living organisms on Earth were bacteria. These small organisms still exist today and are responsible for many things. In this lesson, we will explore both ancient bacteria and true bacteria.
3. The Evolution of Protists: Importance & Evolutionary History
Some organisms are very familiar. However, there are some that play vital roles in our lives that we don't even think about. We will look at a group of one of these unfamiliar kingdoms - protists.
4. The Evolution of Plants and Fungi: Characteristics & Evolutionary History
In early classification systems, plants and fungi were grouped together. While there are some similarities between these two kingdoms, there are some key differences that we will explore.
5. The Evolution of Animals: Importance & Evolutionary History
The animal kingdom ranges from simple organisms like sponges to complex organisms like humans. We will look at some defining characteristics of animals as well as examples of both invertebrates and vertebrates.
6. The Evolution of Humans: Characteristics & Evolutionary History
Just like other organisms, humans have changed over time. We will look at the evolution of humans as well as connections with our primate relatives, including Old World and New World primates.
7. Multicellular Organism: Examples & Definition
Most organisms consist of only one cell and are invisible to the naked eye. Others, such as the rabbit, the bread mold and the pine tree, are made of many cells. Learn how to classify the multi-cellular organisms that inhabit our world.
8. Anadromous Fish: Definition, Species & Migration
Many fish spend their lives in one place, but others prefer to see a bit more of the world. Anadromous fish are of the latter, and in this lesson you'll learn about the incredible journey they undertake in their lives.
9. Blister Beetles: Life Cycle & Identification
Blister beetles are a common insect in the U.S. that have an interesting defense mechanism. In this lesson, we'll discuss what blister beetles are, how you can identify them, and learn about their life cycle.
10. Japanese Giant Hornet: Classification, Facts & Life Cycle
Around the world, there are dozens of different species of hornets. In this lesson you will learn about a particularly unique subspecies, the Japanese Giant Hornet.
11. The Difference Between Hornets, Bees & Wasps
Bees, wasps, and hornets are all fairly common insects no matter where you live. In this lesson you will learn some of the differences between these flying insects.
12. Bald-Faced Hornets: Size, Facts & Life Cycle
Around the world, and even within the US, there are many species of hornets and wasps. In this lesson, you will learn about one of these species: the bald-faced hornet.
13. Branching Tree Diagram: Definition & Examples
There are different ways to describe how organisms are related to each other. One way is to explore evolutionary relationships with a branching tree diagram. In this lesson you'll learn about these diagrams, and even learn how to build one of your own.
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Other chapters within the Middle School Life Science: Help and Review course
- Introduction to Life Science: Help and Review
- Characteristics & Chemicals of Life: Help and Review
- The Parts of Cells: Help and Review
- DNA Replication & Mutation: Help and Review
- Cell Division & the Cell Cycle: Help and Review
- How Living Organisms Get Energy: Help and Review
- The Origin & History of Life On Earth: Help and Review
- Genetics & Hereditary Traits: Help and Review
- Genetic Engineering Basics: Help and Review
- Natural Selection & Evolution in Life Science: Help and Review
- Microbiology & Types of Microbes: Help and Review
- Introduction to Ecosystems: Help and Review
- Types of Ecosystems: Help and Review
- Changing Ecosystems: Help and Review
- Invertebrates: Help and Review
- Animal Behavior & Communication: Help and Review
- Mammal Reproduction & Development: Help and Review
- The Cardiovascular System: Help and Review
- The Blood Vessels: Help and Review
- The Digestive System: Help and Review
- The Urinary & Endocrine Systems: Help and Review
- The Muscular System: Help and Review
- The Skeletal System & Connective Tissue: Help and Review
- Sight, Hearing & Other Senses: Help and Review
- Health Issues & Concerns: Help and Review
- Plant Biology & Structure: Help and Review
- How Plants Grow & Reproduce: Help and Review
- Environmental Concerns: Help and Review
- Natural Resources: Help and Review
- Growth & Productivity in Economics
- American Labor & Consumer Issues