An animal that possesses a skull.
Subphylum Craniata, phylum Chordata; used instead of Vertebrata in some classification schemes‘The immediate outgroup of craniates, the Cephalochordata, show strong asymmetry during development.’Compare with vertebrate
- ‘Thus, there exist two competing theories about the interrelationships of craniates, i.e., animals with a skull.’
- ‘Unfortunately, there are few quantitative data on the relative sizes of major brain divisions in most craniates.’
- ‘Hagfish are the oldest lineage of craniates and thus are considered important to evolutionary studies.’
- ‘We still have no fossil evidence of the nature of the transition between cephalochordates and craniates.’
Relating to the craniates.‘How can changes in an ancestral ontogeny be reconstructed, since the ancestors of most craniate radiations are extinct?’
- ‘The relationships between hagfishes, lampreys, and jawed vertebrates are one of the still-unresolved problems in craniate phylogeny.’
- ‘After the publication of the first computer-generated phylogenies of the major craniate groups, the discussion has become quite difficult.’
- ‘The recent discovery of the Cambrian craniate Haikouichthys has confused matters somewhat.’
- ‘It can have at once, the concentration of a craniate animal and the diffused vitality of an amoeba.’
Late 19th century from modern Latin craniatus, from medieval Latin cranium (see cranium).
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