Five Kingdoms: An Illustrated Guide to the Phyla of Life on Earth by Lynn Margulis
An all-inclusive catalogue of the worlds living diversity, Five Kingdoms defines and describes the major divisions of natures five great kingdoms—bacteria, protoctists, animals, fungi, and plants—using a modern classification scheme that is consistent with both the fossil record and molecular data.
Generously illustrated and easy to follow, it not only allows students to sample the full range of life forms inhabiting our planet but to familiarize themselves with the taxonomic theories by which all organisms origins and distinctive characteristics are traced and classified.
This completely revised and updated third edition includes an introduction by Stephen Jay Gould.
* New ideas on molecular systematics, symbiogenisis, and the place of microbes in the evolution of life
* Newly expanded chapter openings that define each kingdom and place its members in context in time and space
* Definitions of terms in the glossary and, now, also appropriately placed throughout the book
* A new table comparing the main features of each kingdom, showing the logic of the overall classification scheme
* A list of prehistoric dioramas in science museums and in U.S. national parks and monuments guiding readers to trips to the past
* A list of websites directing students to additional information
Five Kingdom Classification System
Scientists have been trying to classify living organisms in various ways for centuries. But biologists wanted a broader system of classifying living organisms. Hence came the five kingdom classification. Let us look at it in detail. Very early on, scientists began grouping the living organisms under different categories. Some biologists classified organisms into plants and animals. Ernst Haeckel, Robert Whittaker, and Carl Woese are some biologists who attempted a broader system of classification.
Every living creature on Earth belongs to a kingdom. Scientists debate how many kingdoms there are, but most agree there are five. Here is how the five kingdoms are organized. Bacteria make up the entire kingdom. There are more forms of bacteria than any other organism on Earth.
Toggle navigation. The Five Kingdoms. Kingdoms are a way that scientists have developed to divide all living things. These divisions are based on what living things have in common and how they differ. This system was developed over 2, years ago and has changed drastically over the years.
Wayne's Word. Noteworthy Plants. Biology
Once upon a time, all living things were lumped together into two kingdoms, namely plants and animals at least, that's how I learned it. Animals included every living thing that moved, ate, and grew to a certain size and stopped growing. Plants included every living thing that did not move or eat and that continued to grow throughout life. It became very difficult to group some living things into one or the other, so early in the past century the two kingdoms were expanded into five kingdoms: Protista the single-celled eukaryotes ; Fungi fungus and related organisms ; Plantae the plants ; Animalia the animals ; Monera the prokaryotes. Many biologists now recognize six distinct kingdoms, dividing Monera into the Eubacteria and Archeobacteria.