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28/03/2019 - How do we classify things?

Carl Linnaeus


Today, we started our new Science topic, learning all about the 'Father of Taxonomy', Carl Linnaeus. We learnt about his innovative system of naming every living thing on Earth, using the genus and species classification terms to create unique names every time.  Did you know that all living things are classified using Latin since it is a universal language, which ensures that there is a standard and consistency across the world.  Surprisingly, before this system was introduced, scientists called the same animal different names according to where they lived in the world – this, as you can imagine, caused a lot of errors in early scientific papers.