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Vertebrata (Vertebrates)

  1. Philippe Janvier

Published Online: 30 MAY 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001531

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How to Cite

Janvier, P. 2001. Vertebrata (Vertebrates). eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Museum Nationale d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAY 2001

Abstract

The Vertebrata, or vertebrates, are all animals which possess a skull enclosing the brain and sensory organs. Most vertebrates (except for hagfish) also possess a vertebral column (hence their name).

Keywords:

  • vertebrates;
  • anatomy;
  • characters;
  • phylogeny;
  • fossils;
  • backbone