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Related to Craniata: Cephalochordata, Vertebrata, acraniata
The vertebrates, a major division of the phylum Chordata, consisting of those animals with a dorsal hollow nerve cord enclosed in a cartilaginous or bony spinal column; includes several classes of fishes, and the amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
[L. vertebratus, jointed]
a subphylum of the phylum Chordata. Includes vertebrates with a distinct brain and brain box.