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Domains and Kingdoms

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Taxonomy is the field of biology dealing with identifying, naming, and classifying species. In many cases, scientists may disagree as to which taxonomic group an organism belongs. No single classification scheme exists that is universally accepted.

In general, organisms are often divided into 3 domains encompassing five (or six) kingdoms. The domains are: Archaea, Eubacteria, and Eukaryotes. Kingdoms include: Bacteria, Protista, Fungi, Plantae, and Animalia. In 1998, Professor Thomas Cavalier-Smith suggested a six kingdom system, including Chromista.

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