What is classification?

Classification is where you sort animals in to different groups from their appearance. We have classification because we have got too many (around 8.7M) different species of animals, so we need to group them in to smaller groups. The groups help scientists to understand the differences and similarities between the different animals. For example they can be sorted in to groups like herbivores, omnivores and carnivores. Scientist Carl Linnaeus (in 1735) was the first person to creat classification. There is eight different animal types but in the groups they are not the same. They can be sorted by if they have fur or if they have wings.


How are living things classified?

Living things are classified and sorted in to 8 levels Damian, kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus and species. All of these can be sorted and get smaller and smaller until there is only 1 animal left in the species level.  There is many different things that animals can get classified in to which will help scientists understand different animals. If we did not have classification then we would get very confused about what animals belong were. When things are classified they give us a lot of information about the animal that can help us in the future.


How are things classified?


Classification can start out of just being if they are a water animal or a land animal. Then they can be classified if they give birth or lay eggs. They can be classified more and slowly there will be more groups with less animals eventually you will be left with 1 animal left. This will allow you to classify animals in to a small group and let you have an easier way to identify different animals instead of searching them up.


Carl Linnaeus


Carl Linnaeus was born on the 23rd May 1707 and died on January 10th 1778. Carl Linnaeus named all of the flowers in the world. Carl Linnaeus made classification and published it between 1740 and 1750. Carl Linnaeus named all the animals in the world. He made the Linnaeus system and we adapted but we still use it today.


An informative blog on classification, showing what you have learned. Well done. CR

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