Forms of Life part 2: Cladistic Tree of Life

In the `first part of this series <>`_, I discussed taxonomic terminology such as clades and kingdoms, but didn't really explain@@@@. In this article I will provide the top down overview showing how @@@@

The image below @@@@ shows a top down graph tree of all earth lifeforms,

with focus on the three "domains", the traditional "kingdoms" of lifeforms, and some commonly miscategorized groups within them.


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The Three "Domains"

The Traditional "Kingdoms"

Bacteria and Archea



xxx@@@@ originall included algae and fungi; fungi are now known to be closer to animals @@@@ algae are polyphyletic protists




xx@@@ note polyphyletic but most are in one clade

Protists - the Miscellaneous Kingdom

A protist (/ˈproʊtɪst/) is any eukaryotic organism (one with cells containing a nucleus) that is not an animal, plant, or fungus. The protists do not form a natural group, or clade, since they exclude certain eukaryotes with whom they share a common ancestor[a] i.e. some protists are more closely related to plants or animals than they are to other protists.

Protists include Amoebae, Protozoa, Algae, etc

Examples: Amoeba diseases @@@@ TODO Plasmodium (causes malaria) Phytophthora (cause of the Irish potato famine) Slime molds

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