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Ch 27: Organism Characteristics

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Use these video lessons to improve your knowledge about binomial nomenclature, taxonomy of living things and the evolution of prokaryotes, protists, plants, fungi, animals and humans.

Organism Characteristics - Chapter Summary

In these video lessons our professional instructors will explain how scientists classify and name organisms as well as how the different organisms in these classifications evolved. Follow along with our instructors to improve your understanding of the:

  • Classification of organisms in the binomial nomenclature
  • Taxonomy of living things
  • Evolution of archaebacteria and eubacteria
  • Evolutionary history of protists
  • Characteristics and evolutionary history of plants and fungi
  • Evolutionary history of animals
  • Characteristics and evolutionary history of humans

These video lessons are mobile device compatible so that you don't have to limit your studies to your time sitting in front of a computer. Also once you've watched a video lesson, read its lesson transcript to reinforce your understanding of the information presented in it and then study the key vocabulary of the chapter. If you discover a topic that confuses you, be sure to ask our instructors for assistance using the teacher tabs of the lessons.

7 Lessons in Chapter 27: Organism Characteristics
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Binomial Nomenclature: Definition, Classification & System

1. 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.

Taxonomy: Classification and Naming of Living Things

2. 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.

The Evolution of Prokaryotes: Archaebacteria and Eubacteria

3. 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.

The Evolution of Protists: Importance & Evolutionary History

4. 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.

The Evolution of Plants and Fungi: Characteristics & Evolutionary History

5. 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.

The Evolution of Animals: Importance & Evolutionary History

6. 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.

The Evolution of Humans: Characteristics & Evolutionary History

7. 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.

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