The Bonds Revealed Through Taxonomy

From the most remote period in the history of the world organic beings have been found to resemble each other in descending degrees, so that they can be classed in groups under groups. This classification is not arbitrary like the grouping of the stars in constellations. The existence of groups would have been of simpler significance, if one group had been exclusively fitted to inhabit the land and another the water; one to feed on flesh, another on vegetable matter, and so on; but the case is widely different, for it is notorious how commonly members of even the same subgroup have different habits.... Naturalists, as we have seen, try to arrange the species, genera, and families in each class, on what is called the Natural System. But what is meant by this system? Some authors look at it merely as a scheme for arranging together those living objects which are most alike, and for separating those which are most unlike. . . . But many naturalists think that something more is meant by the Natural System; they believe that it reveals the plan of the Creator; but unless it be specified whether order in time or space, or both, or what else is meant by the plan of the Creator, it seems to me that nothing is thus added to our knowledge. ... I believe that this is the case, and that community of descent—the one known cause of close similarity in organic beings— is the bond, which though observed by various degrees of modification, is partially revealed to us by our classifications.


Darwin notes how the exercise of classification of species reveals connections to other living things.

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 On the origin of species by means of natural selection,: Or, The preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Darwin , Charles (1911), On the origin of species by means of natural selection,: Or, The preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life, Hurst, Retrieved on 2011-05-20
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