I think it’s safe to say that most people in non-scientific or non-farming occupations pass their days without giving much thought to the existence of non-human life.
Oh, we feed and exercise our pets. We squeal at the sight of a spider in the house, or a snake in the flowerbed, but mostly we are concerned with human activitiy.
Stop and consider that, for all our preoccupation with ourselves, human beings make up a very tiny portion of life on earth. We are only one of about 1,750,000 species of living creatures sharing the planet.
Thanks to scientific classifications of taxonomy, we can pinpoint our place in the scheme of life.
Scientists classify life into five main Kingdoms:
Monera: bacteria and that sort of thing
Protista: simple organisms between or distinct from animals and plants
Fungi: mushrooms and friends
Each Kingdom has six main categories:
Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species
Food for thought: for every one human being, there are about 1.5 million insects.
Human beings belong to the Animal Kingdom, along with dogs, cats, snails, worms, and insects.
For comparison purposes, here are the taxonomies of the animals in the photo: