- the subphylum comprising the vertebrate animals.
Origin of Vertebrata
1820–30; < New Latin, neuter plural of Latin vertebrātus vertebrate
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Examples from the Web for vertebrata
Let us cite, in illustration, the one case of the Vertebrata.Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I
On the theory of evolution most in favour, the first Vertebrata were aquatic.On the Genesis of Species
St. George Mivart
A blow dealt one of the vertebrata on the head at once renders it insensible.The Cruise of the Betsey
Such are the remains of what seem to have been the first vertebrata.
Blood relationship between the Vertebrata and the Invertebrata.The History of Creation, Vol. II (of 2)
- A primary division of the phylum Chordata that includes the fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, all of which are characterized by a segmented spinal column and a distinct, well-differentiated head.
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