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The study of life and the processes thereof. Some general principles as to how living things work are studied in [[Biochemistry]] and [[Genetics]]. To find out more about specific organisms we investigate their [[Anatomy]], [[Physiology]], and [[Ontogeny]]. To find out about how organisms relate we investigate their [[Ecology]]. One of the central concepts in biology is the principle of [[Theory of Evolution|Evolution]]. The descent of an organism is called its [[Phylogeny]]; these are studied using all sorts of evidence, including of course the study of ancient life, [[Palaeontology]]. The classification of living things is called [[Taxonomy]], and ideally should reflect the evolutionary trees of the different creatures. Customarily living things are divided into five top-level groups, called ''kingdoms'': * Kingdom [[Monera]] - all the [[Prokaryote]] groups: bacteria, etc. * Kingdom [[Protista]] - basal [[Eukaryote|Eukaryotes]]: protozoa, algae, etc. * Kingdom [[Plantae]] - green algae & plants * Kingdom [[Fungi]] - chytrids & fungi * Kingdom [[Animalia]] - animals