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Classification of living things HTML5


This animation approaches the theme of the classification of living things via successive nesting in groups defined by a common attribute (characteristic). It shows how a selection of animals and plants are classified into nested groups according to the current classification of living things.  The classification system used in this animation is nonetheless simplified.

Click on a living thing to see its position in the current classification system, via successive nesting, from the largest group down to that  group which corresponds to this species.

Click on  or directly on the boxes to return to the previous nesting level.

Click on to erase all the boxes.

Learning goals

  • To understand that living things are classified into nested groups according to attributes that they possess in common.
  • To approach the notions of species, of biodiversity and of evolution.

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One finds on Earth a great diversity of species of living things. This is what is called biodiversity.

What is a species? Two living things are members of the same species if they can reproduce…

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