Virtual Museum of Art | Virtual Museum of History | Virtual Public Library | Virtual Science Center | Virtual Museum of Natural History | Virtual War Museum
   You are in: Museum of Natural History >> Hall of Taxonomy >> Classification of Life

The Seven Flags of the New Orleans Tri-Centennial

For More Information go to New Orleans 300th Birthday


Classification of Life

Scientists group each separate kind of organism into a species according to the binomial system of nomenclature, which uses two Latin names to designate a separate type of organism.


What is Scientific Classification?

Scientific classification is how scientists catagorize  and name plants and animals.

Why do we need scientific classification?

In order to effectively study plants and animals, all scientists need to use the same names.  Using the same names keeps scientists from getting confused about what species is being referred to. Our current day classification system was created by Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeaus in 1757; this is what we refer to as Taxonomy.

What is the Linnaean taxonomic system?

The Linnaean taxonomic system is quite useful as a classification system.  Not only does it provide official names for every plant and animal, it also helps scientists understand how objects are related to one another. The Linnaean system is based on a series of nested categories. Each Linnaean name is based on Latin and Greek root words which are often difficult to pronounce.

People that are not scientists use common names. For example, the blues whale is known by two names: 1) Most people call them by their common name: "blue whale" while 2) Scientists use the blue whale's scientific name: Balaenoptera musculus.

How does taxonomy relate to marine mammals?

Marine mammals are animals that are warm-blooded with back bones that live in water.  This information can also be discovered by looking at marine mammal taxonomic classifications.  These classifications allow people to better understand how marine mammals are related to other animals.  The chart below is a sample taxonomic chart for blue whales.


Classification Blue Whale Example Explanation
Kingdom Animalia Whales belong to the  kingdom Animalia because whales, have many cells, ingest food, and are formed from a "blastula" (from a fertilized egg).
Phylum Chordata An animal from the phylum Chordata has a spinal cord and gill pouches.
Class Mammalia Whales and other mammals are warm blooded, have glands to provide milk for their off-spring, and have a four-chambered heart.
Order Cetacea Cetaceans are mammals live completely in the water.
[Suborder] Mysticeti Whales that belong to the suborder Mysticeti  have baleen plates (big filters in their mouths) rather than teeth.
Family Balaenidae The family Balaenidae, also called rorqual whales. They have pleats around their throat that allow them to hold lots of water (which contains their food).
Genus Balaenoptera A genus is a group of species that are more closely related to one another than any group in the family. Balaenoptera refers to the genus.
Species musculus A species is a grouping of individuals that interbreed successfully.  The blue whale species name is musculus.

 The above is courtesy of: U.S. Department of Commerce


Research Links

Scientific Classification
... What is Scientific Classification? Scientific classification is
how scientists categorize and name plants and animals. ...

Classification of life on this planet
Classification of Life on this Planet. ... As discussed in
the History of Diversity page, the first ...

Classification of the Animal Kingdom
Classification. Why do we classify organisms? The case of the Orkney vole: an ... Alternatively,
take a look at the University of California's Phylogeny of Life. ...

... Pratt, HD 1959. A new classification of the life histories of North American
mosquitoes. Proc. NJ Mosquito Exterm. Assoc. 46:148-152.

Diversity of Life: The Five Kingdom Classification Scheme
... Slide 37 of 37. The Bioactive Site Copyright © 1995-2000
Rick Hershberger, Ph.D. webmaster ...

Start your search on Classification of Life.

The Congressional Evolution of the United States Henry Middleton

Unauthorized Site: This site and its contents are not affiliated, connected, associated with or authorized by the individual, family, friends, or trademarked entities utilizing any part or the subject's entire name. Any official or affiliated sites that are related to this subject will be hyper linked below upon submission and Evisum, Inc. review.

Copyright© 2000 by Evisum Inc.TM. All rights reserved.
Evisum Inc.TM Privacy Policy


About Us



Image Use

Please join us in our mission to incorporate The Congressional Evolution of the United States of America discovery-based curriculum into the classroom of every primary and secondary school in the United States of America by July 2, 2026, the nation’s 250th birthday. , the United States of America: We The People Click Here


Historic Documents

Articles of Association

Articles of Confederation 1775

Articles of Confederation

Article the First

Coin Act

Declaration of Independence

Declaration of Independence

Emancipation Proclamation

Gettysburg Address

Monroe Doctrine

Northwest Ordinance

No Taxation Without Representation

Thanksgiving Proclamations

Mayflower Compact

Treaty of Paris 1763

Treaty of Paris 1783

Treaty of Versailles

United Nations Charter

United States In Congress Assembled

US Bill of Rights

United States Constitution

US Continental Congress

US Constitution of 1777

US Constitution of 1787

Virginia Declaration of Rights


Historic Events

Battle of New Orleans

Battle of Yorktown

Cabinet Room

Civil Rights Movement

Federalist Papers

Fort Duquesne

Fort Necessity

Fort Pitt

French and Indian War

Jumonville Glen

Manhattan Project

Stamp Act Congress

Underground Railroad

US Hospitality

US Presidency

Vietnam War

War of 1812

West Virginia Statehood

Woman Suffrage

World War I

World War II


Is it Real?

Declaration of

Digital Authentication
Click Here


America’s Four Republics
The More or Less United States

Continental Congress
U.C. Presidents

Peyton Randolph

Henry Middleton

Peyton Randolph

John Hancock


Continental Congress
U.S. Presidents

John Hancock

Henry Laurens

John Jay

Samuel Huntington


Constitution of 1777
U.S. Presidents

Samuel Huntington

Samuel Johnston
Elected but declined the office

Thomas McKean

John Hanson

Elias Boudinot

Thomas Mifflin

Richard Henry Lee

John Hancock
Chairman David Ramsay]

Nathaniel Gorham

Arthur St. Clair

Cyrus Griffin


Constitution of 1787
U.S. Presidents

George Washington 

John Adams
Federalist Party

Thomas Jefferson
Republican* Party

James Madison 
Republican* Party

James Monroe
Republican* Party

John Quincy Adams
Republican* Party
Whig Party

Andrew Jackson
Republican* Party
Democratic Party

Martin Van Buren
Democratic Party

William H. Harrison
Whig Party

John Tyler
Whig Party

James K. Polk
Democratic Party

David Atchison**
Democratic Party

Zachary Taylor
Whig Party

Millard Fillmore
Whig Party

Franklin Pierce
Democratic Party

James Buchanan
Democratic Party

Abraham Lincoln 
Republican Party

Jefferson Davis***
Democratic Party

Andrew Johnson
Republican Party

Ulysses S. Grant 
Republican Party

Rutherford B. Hayes
Republican Party

James A. Garfield
Republican Party

Chester Arthur 
Republican Party

Grover Cleveland
Democratic Party

Benjamin Harrison
Republican Party

Grover Cleveland 
Democratic Party

William McKinley
Republican Party

Theodore Roosevelt
Republican Party

William H. Taft 
Republican Party

Woodrow Wilson
Democratic Party

Warren G. Harding 
Republican Party

Calvin Coolidge
Republican Party

Herbert C. Hoover
Republican Party

Franklin D. Roosevelt
Democratic Party

Harry S. Truman
Democratic Party

Dwight D. Eisenhower
Republican Party

John F. Kennedy
Democratic Party

Lyndon B. Johnson 
Democratic Party 

Richard M. Nixon 
Republican Party

Gerald R. Ford 
Republican Party

James Earl Carter, Jr. 
Democratic Party

Ronald Wilson Reagan 
Republican Party

George H. W. Bush
Republican Party 

William Jefferson Clinton
Democratic Party

George W. Bush 
Republican Party

Barack H. Obama
Democratic Party

Please Visit

Forgotten Founders
Norwich, CT

Annapolis Continental
Congress Society

U.S. Presidency
& Hospitality

© Stan Klos





Virtual Museum of Art | Virtual Museum of History | Virtual Public Library | Virtual Science Center | Virtual Museum of Natural History | Virtual War Museum