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Temporal range: mid Early Cambrian to Recent
Blotched Blue-tongued Lizard, Tiliqua nigrolutea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
(unranked) Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Cuvier, 1812
Classes and Clades

See below

A vertebrate, a Labrador Retriever (dog)

A vertebrate is an animal with a skeleton on the inside of it body. 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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