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 1. Linnaeus developed the scientific naming system still used today

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PostSubject: 1. Linnaeus developed the scientific naming system still used today   04/02/09, 10:41 pm

• No rules for naming until the 1750s

TAXONOMY
• Taxonomy is the science of naming and classifying organisms
• Names based on physical and structural similarities
• Organisms in different levels of hierarchy
• Taxon- a group of organisms in a classifications system
• The basic taxon is species
• Species each have a scientific name

SCIENTIFIC NAMES
• Binomial nomenclature- a system that gives each species a two-part scientific name using Latin words
• First part of name is genus
• Genus- one or more physically similar species, that are thought to be closely related
• Second part of name is the species descriptor
• Scientific names give an official name to an organism to prevent confusion
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