<center>こんにちは、私の名前はミシェルです！Kon'nichiwa, watashinonamaeha Misherudesu!
|Think about it. When you eat a piece of meat, you literally eat a corpse, a dead animal. I’m not saying this to “disgust” you or to convince you of anything, just calling things with their names. We have been using the word “meat” long enough to make us forget it is a dead animal. This animal was alive before, and it was raised, and killed, not in awesome ways. --Laura Marie |
Now, when I eat, honestly, I am so much happier to tell myself that this meal didn’t cause any murder, does not contain any blood, cruelty, and that nobody is dead for my palate. It is honestly one of the best feelings in the world. --Laura Marie
|“||I personally could talk about birds for hours and never get tired.||”|
—A quote borrowed from a friend
Stop and look around you, look at the different objects on your desk. Now, you want a way to organise them into different drawers, no? For example, pens go in one drawer while pencils go in another. Now you've organised them!
Well, scientists have a way of doing this, but with living things. It is called taxonomy, or the study of classifying living things. Taxonomy makes it easier for scientists to know the relationships between, let's say a tree and a cat.
For starters, here's an easy mnemonic that anyone can memorise.
Dumb Kids Prefer Candy Over Fancy Green Salad (Domain, Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species).
So, let's classify some birds. The birds are arranged in the table below. Did you know that all of these birds are actually related to each other? You will find this out in another blog post.
That is just a sampling of the 10,595 species of birds, 233 families and 45 orders.