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Evolutionary Tree of Life Putting living things into tidy groups is not very straightforward. Even the dividing line between life and non-life is blurred. Viruses sit on that line, as they are unable to grow and multiply unless they become part of the machinery of an infected cell. There has long been an argument as to where Monera belongs as it includes both Archaea and Bacteria. In Eukaryota there are four familiar kingdoms: Animals, Plants, Fungi, and Protista. But even here there are fuzzy borders. There is also an argument as to where Algae belong: are they Protista or Plants? And what about the strange Slime Molds that sometimes look like tiny animals and sometimes resemble fungi? [CH] {NR} [NS] {NE}

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