jawless vertebrate


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jawless vertebrate

[′jȯ·ləs ′vərd·ə·brət]
(vertebrate zoology)
The common name for members of the Agnatha.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Today, the only jawless vertebrates are lampreys and hagfishes, whereas jawed vertebrates number more than fifty thousand species, including ourselves.
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Litman next plans to look for novel immune genes in jawless vertebrates, such as lamprey and hagfish.
Between jawless vertebrates -- called agnathans -- and vertebrates with jaws-called gnathosomes-only three genes of the 12 genes the team looked at appeared to be used differently, Medeiros said.