Living Latin

There are millions of plants and animals on our planet, and scientists organise living things into different groups based on physical similarities to make sense of their function and evolution. These groups are given standardised names, making it easy for scientists all over the world to identify and properly classify plants and animals no matter what language they speak or where in the world they are! In this activity we look at what physical features may be used to categorise animals, and learn some Latin words often used by Scientists in naming them. Make your own imaginary animal, name it according to Linnaeus’ Latin binomial system, and give it character, habitat and a story!

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