This animation approaches the theme of vertebrate classification via use of a series of nested boxes, with each member of any series defined by a group with common characteristics. It shows how a selection of vertebrates are classified via the nested boxes, and according to the current classification of living things. The classification used in this animation is, nonetheless, simplified.
Each animal is represented in a particular series of nested boxes, with each box representing, from largest to smallest, a group to which that animal belongs. Click on an animal to move from box (group) to box to see the successively smaller groups to which that animal belongs.
Click on or directly on the boxes to go back to the preceding box.
Click on to erase all the boxes.