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Scientists don't use evolution directly to classify species. The modern taxonomic system predates the theory of evolution by over a century (Linneus, one of the more influential people involved in its widespread acceptance wrote Systema Natureae in 1735 while Darwin didn't come along with The origin of Speciesuntil 1859).

They group species by sets of shared characteristics. However, organisms evolving from shared ancestors also share many of the characteristics from that common ancestor so it ends up correlating with evolutionary paths very closely.

It's probably more accurate to say that evolutionists use taxonomy than the other way around.

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