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Phylogeny and Organism Classification - Chapter Summary
With the vast amount of living organisms, scientists have organized them into groups that share similar characteristics. This process is often referred to as phylogeny and organism classification. These lessons guide you through the steps necessary for understanding the classification process, including a review of taxonomic naming and useful diagrams.
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- Phylogenetic trees
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. Cladograms and Phylogenetic Trees: Evolution Classifications
Family trees help show how people are related to each other. Similarly, scientists use cladograms and phylogenetic trees to study the relationships between organisms.
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