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Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments by Barbara Barbara Fritchman Thompson Thompson, Robert Robert Bruce Thompson Thompson

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Chapter 36. Investigating Vertebrate Tissues

Equipment and Materials

You’ll need the following items to complete this lab session.

Materials from Kit

  • None

Materials You Provide

  • Microscope

  • Slides, prepared, Vertebrata (see text)

Background

Vertebrates are members of the subphylum Vertebrata of the phylum Chordata. Vertebrates are the organisms that most people think of as animals, including the classes fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals.

The defining characteristic of vertebrates is their possession of a vertebral column (or spine) consisting of a segmented series of hard, bony vertebrae (singular vertebra) separated by intervertebral discs, which provide mobility and allow the spine to move and flex. (In other chordates, the spine is a stiff ...

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