Biological classification

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biological classification (noun, pl. biological classifications) – any system of grouping organisms according to their similarities and presumed evolutionary history (phylogeny); two general trends can be distinguished: (1) the current codes of nomenclature all follow the tradition of the Linnean system, that is blamed for a (presumably) rigid and hierarchic structure and instability of names; (2) alternatively a phylogenetic nomenclature, the Phylocode, has been suggested, but so far not been implemented, thus lacking proof that this system of classification is more adaptable and more stable.

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