Vertebrate

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Vertebrates
Temporal range: early Cambrian to Recent
Blotched Blue-tongued Lizard, Tiliqua nigrolutea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
(unranked) Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Cuvier, 1812
A vertebrate, a Labrador Retriever (dog)

A vertebrate is an animal with a spinal cord surrounded by cartilage or bone. The word comes from vertebrae, the bones that make up spines. Animal which are not vertebrates are called invertebrate.

Examples of vertebrates are mammals, birds, and fish. Sharks, and related skates and rays, are vertebrates with cartilage instead of bones.

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