Scientists have a special system to keep track of plants and animals.
They don't want to confuse a dog with a coyote, or a honey bee with a
Every kind of plant or animal belongs to its own group, or "species."
Similar species belong to a larger group, called a "genus." For
example, dogs and wolves are two species. They are cousins belonging
to the same "genus" (Canis) and the same "family:" canines, or Canidae.
These families belong to larger groups, too. Today, we'll look at members of
a big group called the vertebrates. These are animals that have
backbones. Do you have a backbone? Great. You're part of this group!