Defining Baramin by Taxonomic Study

Defining Taxonomy

Taxonomy is a classification system for species based on common characteristics. It comes from the Greek word τάξις ‘Taxis’ which means ‘arrangement’. It traditionally studies the morphology (form and structure) of species. More recently, studies of behavior and genetics have also become common.

Linnaean Taxonomy

Although the term Baraminology did not exist in his time, Carolus Linnaeus was a believer who thought the Creator must have used an orderly system in creation. The modern, and now evolutionary, taxonomic system using binomial nomenclature is based on Linnaean taxonomy. He based his early work on characteristics and he tried to define a species / kind as organisms that could interbreed among themselves, but not with other organisms. Later he used hybridization and realized that the species level was too narrow and suggested the Genus level might represent kinds.

Genus and Species

It is worth noting, that at the time of Linnaeus, the words ‘species’ and ‘genus’ were used in the Latin Vulgate translation of the Scriptures in place of the Hebrew word ‘min’ or kind. It is this reason that he used those words in his classification. At that time, species and kind were basically synonymous. It was much later that the definition of species changed from being a kind to something much more specific. Instead of a rose species encompassing all roses, there were suddenly many individual rose species as it is used today.

Taxonomy and Cladistics

Taxonomy should not be confused with Cladistics. Taxonomy connects species by common characteristics. Cladistics connects species by ancestry. While Creationists and Evolutionists generally agree on the taxonomy of a species, there is often disagreement in Cladistics (especially above the Family level).

XXXVIA. Last Updated: 10/01/2016
Todd Elder

Todd Elder

Todd Elder has a deep desire to understand and experience Creation. As a Baraminologist, his current research includes developing the Katagenos Species Concept, the Natanzera Classification System, and the Floral Formula Method of determining Plant Kinds. As an author and speaker, his books and seminar materials are designed to encourage a growing relationship with the Creator.
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