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Tiny Alpaca, Cody, has a big personality

Alpaca classification

Cody the Alpaca was born premature and for a while it was touch-and-go as to whether she would survive.  With the help of Amber Isaacs from Silken Suri, this little girl pulled through, and is a delight to all who know her.  Visit “Silken Suri” below and Cody’s Facebook page.

http://www.silkensuri.com/

https://www.facebook.com/codyalpaca


The story of Cody is based on the real life of one of the smallest surviving alpacas in the US. Now healthy and happy, Cody’s joyful antics have won hearts across the country and all over the world.

Alpacas are Camelids and are shorn and their fleece used in clothing.   Thousands of years ago they were used in South America for fuel, transport and clothing.  The largest population of alpaca is found in the Andean zone of Bolivia and Peru.  For information about this and about alpaca wool, please click on the first link below.

https://www.jjcaprices.com/blogs/news/15598296-alpaca-wool-what-makes-it-so-special

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Other Resources

How to keep Alpacas – difference between Llamas and Alpacas

http://www.stonebarn.co.nz/alpacahistory.php

 

Cladograms & Evolution – We are all related

Brontosaurus

Brontosaurus painting by Charles Knight

Phylogenetics orPhylogenetic systematics is a discipline and a field of biology that aims to identify and understand the evolutionary relationships among the many different kinds of life forms on earth, both living (extant) and dead (extinct)Cladistics uses an understanding of phylogenetics to look at the “Tree of Life” and uses a type of diagram called a Cladogram to represent branched “evolutionary relationships” or phylogenies.

Phylogenies are lists or diagrams that show the evolutionary paths taken by populations of organisms through many generations and over long periods of time.

Nomenclature is the devising or choosing of names for things, especially within a branch of science. Systematics or Taxonomy is the branch of biology that deals with classification and nomenclature of organisms or life forms.  A binomial (or two word) nomenclature is used to label and identify known species, using a Genus name and a Species name.  Please see    this   post here for in depth information about TAXONOMY.

Classification of Grizzly Bear

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This simple diagram shows Linnaeus’s system of Binomial Nomenclature for the Grizzly Bear, whose two word scientific name is Ursus arctos.
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