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Sep 24th, 2009 at 23:05 GMT
Ah, freshman year Bio at its finest.
Sep 25th, 2009 at 12:29 GMT
Great! This quiz could be extended with quite some other ranks (Opisthokonta, Eumetazoa, Bilateria, Deuterostomia, Craniata, Gnathostomata, Osteichthyes, Tetrapoda, Amniota, Eutheria, Placentalia, Euarchontoglires, Euarchonta, Platyrrhini, Hominoidea, and a few others), but that's probably not a good idea in this place when we also want to give the people a chance who are not crazy taxonomists. A couple of comments on the meanings given: -While the "eu" in "Eukaryota" etymologically means "good" and "karyon" means "kernel", the term was coined in the 20th century and actually means "true nucleus" with the meanings those two words usually have in scientific vocabulary. -I wouldn't define "Hominidae" and "Homininae" as anything else than "Homo with a random suffix". -idae and -inae are just the things you affix to a name in taxonomy to get a family or subfamily, they don't (as far as I know) have any more meaning than that.
Sep 25th, 2009 at 17:38 GMT
Thanks for the suggestions, SPU -- I didn't even know about those extra levels, but you're probably right that they're too esoteric to put here. As for the meanings, it was sort of my best guess based on either a translation provided on Wikipedia or the etymology of the English cognate (mammal, vertebrate, etc.) given on etymonline.com. The only tough cases were "hominidae" and "homininae." I got the first by looking it up on Wiktionary; it said it was derived from "homo" (man) + "-idae", and defined "-idae" as "taxonomic family of animals." So "family of man" seemed appropriate. As for "homininae," Wiktionary defined it as "homines" (men) + "-ina" (resembling), which is how I got "resembling man." And on "Eukarya", I think I'll stick to the literal meaning. A lot of the words have more technical intentions ("corded" = has a notochord, "of the breast" = has mammary glands, etc.). The scientific interpretation would be more accurate, but I think the literary version makes for a more interesting clue.
Sep 25th, 2009 at 22:47 GMT
Nice quiz - I was just about to do the same! As a biologist I would say that the infraclass "eutheria" is much more commonly known and used than "theria", which I've never come across other than in a list like this. Likewise I might suggest "hominoidea" (apes) rather than "haplorrhini", although I suppose that gives you a lot of "hom-" words. Anyway, I'm nit picking, nice job overall, and good idea for the hints.
Sep 25th, 2009 at 23:35 GMT
Thanks, chris_t -- I've added your suggestions as alternate answers.
Sep 26th, 2009 at 02:21 GMT
i swear i tried "homo sapiens sapiens" at least ten times but didn't get it. i must have been typing something wrong but now i can't remember. anyway, good quiz. creative idea.
Sep 28th, 2009 at 04:54 GMT
@chris_t: It seems more right to use Theria in terms of this quiz, since Jordan is asking for the Subclass, not the Infraclass. But, I have to say that I benefited from your suggestion since I typed "eutheria" before ever thinking of "theria." :D Great quiz, Jordan. Can't get enough of the science quizzes. I'm glad people are making some. I think a second quiz including a more extensive list of ranks may be good for those of us willing to go the extra mile.
Sep 29th, 2009 at 22:09 GMT
Oct 2nd, 2009 at 15:27 GMT
i thought Kingdom was the simplesr classification...what could be simpler then classifing between animals, plants, viruses, fungi, etc...?
Oct 4th, 2009 at 16:32 GMT
iceman, kingdom used to be the simplest classification, but it's been changed to the three domains: archaebacteria, eubacteria, and eukarya. the latter includes all the groups you listed, except viruses, which don't have a taxonomy because they're not technically alive.
Jan 15th, 2010 at 18:54 GMT
Great quiz! Also, maybe you could include all the intermediate ranks SPU lists as bonus answers (and maybe add a note saying that they're there)? - that would be an awesome kicker for serious taxonomy geeks!
Jan 18th, 2010 at 04:57 GMT
other than "mammal", "homo" and "homo spien", I was lost. Fun nonetheless though, I think I learned something.
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Feb 13th, 2010 at 19:37 GMT
On homo sapiens accept it with out an s to
Mar 11th, 2010 at 20:36 GMT
@teddy, It's not accurate without the s. Sapiens is the singular form of a Latin adjective meaning wise. My only complaint is that we had to retype homo for the species and subspecies. Technically the genus is part of neither, and the species is not part of the subspecies. Great idea for a quiz!
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Mar 26th, 2010 at 17:56 GMT
Nice quiz. One inconsistency, however: it accepts "sapiens" for homo sapiens but not "sapiens sapiens" for homo sapiens sapiens. I'm not a taxonomist, so there might be a very good reason for that. Just thought I'd bring it up.
Mar 26th, 2010 at 18:34 GMT
I had to memorize this for my bio class three years ago and I got less than half. Oh well. I though my memory was better than that.
Mar 26th, 2010 at 18:45 GMT
Species isn't homo sapiens, it's just sapiens. Same goes for subspecies.
Mar 26th, 2010 at 19:15 GMT
I entered in "Primata", since all of the other answers are in Latin. Why is this particular one in English? Bleh... Maybe you could accept that answer in addition to "Primates". I know that's not what the actual answer is, and it's probably not even a Latin word, but the idea is close enough, right?
Mar 26th, 2010 at 20:08 GMT
@THC and weizenugb: I disagree. The whole name Homo sapiens is required to identify the species. "sapiens" on its own is meaningless. The starling is Sturnus vulgaris, ling (heather) is Calluna vulgaris. If you referred to just "vulgaris", you could be talking about either, or in fact any one of hundreds of others, since vulgaris just means "common".
Mar 26th, 2010 at 21:21 GMT
pretty chuffed to be one of that 2.5% that got haplorrhini.... however let down by the fact i didn't type in 'animal'...
Mar 26th, 2010 at 21:29 GMT
weizengrub is wrong. The species name (specific epithet) is Homo sapiens. It is NOT just sapiens. But feel free to keep giving your opinion like you know what you're talking about.
Mar 26th, 2010 at 21:35 GMT
I missed the subphylum because I happen to know the root for "joints" is "arthr-" (like arthropod, arthritis), and so I was lost as what you were going for. I'd have gotten the clue "having a backbone" becuase that's what "vertebrata" means. Also, @dragonscale, "primata" is not the Latin term. Most clade names are formed by joining roots, but "primates" is just the Latin for "being of the first order." This is why it doesnt end like the others, and can also be pronounced pree-mah-tees, as in Latin
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Mar 26th, 2010 at 21:42 GMT
Since when is there something above kingdom
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Mar 26th, 2010 at 21:56 GMT
Just to provide an example, which categories does Obama belong to?
Mar 26th, 2010 at 22:19 GMT
@iceman: 1990. It was found there was more variation in genetics and biochemistry within the "bacteria" than all of the other kingdoms put together, so bacteria were split into two domains (eubacteria and archaebacteria), and eukaryotes became the third, covering everything else. But the three domains have only just begun to be taught in schools, so not surprising a lot of people have not heard of them. Sorry, I'm guessing yours was probably a rhetorical question... Thought I'd answer it anyway!
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Mar 27th, 2010 at 01:51 GMT
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Mar 27th, 2010 at 10:17 GMT
Damn. I tried 'simians'/'anthropoids' and 'catarrhini' but couldn't get 'haplorrhini'. I'm an anthropology student too, so I'm quite disappointed in myself. :(
Mar 27th, 2010 at 13:29 GMT
Very educational! And another reminder of just how much short-term memorization I did in school, as in, forget immediately after test...If I'd known Sporcle was in my future, maybe I'd've been motivated to retain more!
Mar 27th, 2010 at 17:21 GMT
chris_t: I always wondered when the info on domains had been uncovered. I myself had no knowledge of the domains until I studied biology in college (and that was four years ago). Amazing how the extraordinarily numerous specimens of bacteria differ among themselves more than any other lifeforms seen or unseen among earth.
Mar 27th, 2010 at 23:19 GMT
could you possibly accept anthropoidea for sub order too? some classifications still use that too. other than that wicked quiz!
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Apr 2nd, 2010 at 04:38 GMT
Should accept Homo sapien without the last s being needed.
Apr 4th, 2010 at 08:52 GMT
Amazingly I got all 13, including haplorrhini. Took me a while to get the extra r. Thank you Richard Dawkins' books!
Apr 27th, 2010 at 18:31 GMT
I only got Theria because I typed in Eutheria as a guess. :) (Eutherians are mammals that give birth to highly precocial young and don't use a pouch like marsupials. lol)
Sep 19th, 2010 at 19:15 GMT
Vertebrata means having a backbone, not having a joints
Dec 29th, 2010 at 12:41 GMT
Should accept hominid and hominin for hominidae and homininae
May 9th, 2011 at 01:22 GMT
Vertebrata does not refer to joints. Artho- is the root for joints, as in arthropoda, and appears nowhere in human taxonomy.
May 29th, 2011 at 04:22 GMT
The species name Homo sapiens IS correct, (it's not just sapiens). However, please consider accepting H. sapiens & H. s. sapiens as they are technically still appropriate ways to write a species name.
Aug 1st, 2011 at 20:12 GMT
Isn't it spelled 'haplorhini', with one 'r'?
Dec 16th, 2012 at 01:01 GMT
Two r's in haplorrhini, fix it back.
Jan 31st, 2013 at 16:17 GMT
Love that you included the translations.
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