Asked by  | 22nd Jan, 2009, 09:22: PM

Expert Answer:

The most fundamental characteristics has to be chosen first to decide the broadest divisions among living organisms. They are independent of any other characteristics in their effects on the form and function of the organism. The characteristics in the next level would be dependent on the previous one and would decide the variety in the next level. In this way, a whole hierarchy of mutually related characteristics can be built to be used for classification. For example, the cell structure i.e. eukaryotic or prokaryotic cell, would have an effect on every aspect of cell design. Hence this is a basic characteristic of classification.

Answered by  | 23rd Jan, 2009, 11:24: AM

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