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July 10, 2010 4:53 PM Subscribe
Bio-knowledgable people ! What are your good resources for explaining Biological Classification
to a child (and a pretty uninformed father !)
posted by southof40 to science & nature (8 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I was explaining to my 8 year old yesterday why the words "Tagetes patula" appeared on the back of a package of Marigold seeds and that led me off into trying to explain (what little I myself knew of) the Linnean system of Biological Classification.
I've found some good stuff online to help me with this but I'd appreciate any recommendations to help with understanding this stuff (which in our case also involves understanding biology more than we do !). I think we're interested in plants/animals more than cells etc.
Also I wondered is there some sort of graphical browser which would illustrate the way that all living things are classified within Kingdom, Phylum, Class etc ? I imagine a sort of 'tree of pictures' which would allow you to quickly and easily see examples of things which are placed into, for instance, one class as opposed to those which are classifed into another ?