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