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What is a Vertebrate? Vertebrate Anatomy – Unit 1.

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1 What is a Vertebrate? Vertebrate Anatomy – Unit 1

2 FIRST: A Vertebrate is an ANIMAL What is an Animal? –KINGDOM Level of Taxonomy –Includes all organisms that possess the following characteristics: Multicellular Heterotrophic No cell walls around cells Several other characteristics

3 SECOND: A Vertebrate is a CHORDATE What is a Chordate? –PHYLUM level of Taxonomy –Includes all ANIMALS that possess the following characteristics: Dorsal Hollow Nerve Cord Pharyngeal Gill Slits Notochord Post-anal Tail –A few chordates possess ALL these characteristics at all life stages, but most only possess all of these during EMBRYONIC stages.

4 THIRD: A Vertebrate is a VERTEBRATE What is a VERTEBRATE? –SUBPHYLUM level of Taxonomy A level not normally addressed in intro bio classes –Includes all CHORDATES that possess the following characteristics: A BACKBONE that protects the nerve cord and supports the body; replaces the notochord This also generally implies the presence of a cranium (skull) to protect the brain. –Some animals have ONLY the cranium, thus they are not quite true vertebrates


6 The term Chordata comes from The Notochord

7 About the Notochord In a Vertebrate Chordate, –the Notochord is present only during the EMBRYONIC stages of life. –The notochord is replaced by the backbone

8 About the Nerve Cord Dorsal Hollow Anterior end enlarged to create the BRAIN

9 Pharyngeal Gill Slits Pharynx = throat Present in embryos These slits in the throat area become the gills in fish and other vertebrates that breath water In mammals and other land vertebrates they become structures of the lower jaw, face and throat.


11 Other Chordate Characteristics Closed circulatory system –Blood always contained in blood vessels Muscle blocks or segments called somites in embryos

12 Who are the Chordates closest relatives? The closest INVERTEBRATE relative of the chordates are the members of Phylum Echinodermata –The Sea Stars –The Sea Urchins –The Sea Cucumbers How can this be? –The embryonic development of echinoderms has a very important similarity to the embryonic development of chordates, even though the adult forms look very different.

13 Echinoderms and Chordates The embryonic opening called a blastopore becomes an ANUS in both echinoderms and chordates. In all other INVERTEBRATES it becomes the MOUTH.

14 Phylum Chordata – 4 subphyla Subphylum Urochordata Subphylum Cephalochordata Subphylum Myxini Subphylum Vertebrata

15 Subphylum Urochordata The Tunicates Also called Sea Squirts The 4 Chordate characteristics are present in the larval form The adult looks very different Larva are free swimming with tails, etc. Adult is sessile.


17 Phylum Cephalorchordata A group called the lancelets Most common member of this group is amphioxus Swimmers Possess all chordate characteristics in adult form


19 Phylum Myxini New Phylum Once thought to be vertebrates, but they do not possess a true backbone – only a true cranium Hagfish is the only member Hagfish sliming video More slime More

20 Subphylum Vertebrata WE are vertebrates; hence humans have studied phylum vertebrata a lot.

21 When did the 1st vertebrates arise on Earth? Around 500 million years ago

22 What were the first vertebrates like? The first vertebrates were DIFFERENT from vertebrates we know today. They lacked JAWS. –Think lampreys which are the only vertebrates that remain today who lack jaws. Jawed vertebrates did not appear until around 400 million year ago lamprey video One more

23 Where did vertebrates first evolve? Ocean

24 Defining characteristic of a vertebrate? Backbone Though others are discussed.

25 Vertebrates and sex All vertebrates have separate sexes – male and female

26 Some terms with regard to reproduction Oviparous –Egg layer –Young are nourished from yolk inside an egg that is laid outside the mothers body

27 Some terms with regard to reproduction Ovoviparous –Young develop internally, but are nourished with YOLK as though they were inside an egg. –Live birth

28 Some terms with regard to reproduction Viviparous –Young develop internally –Nourished directly from the mothers bloodstream NO yolk –Placenta and umbilical cord involved – icky picture warning…


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