Lamprey and sharks lack bones, but does this mean they are not classified as having an endoskelton? Does an organism need bone to be considered as having an endoskeleton?


From wikipedia

An endoskeleton (From Greek ἔνδον, éndon = "within", "inner" + σκελετός, skeletos = "skeleton") is an internal support structure of an animal, composed of mineralized tissue.

Cartilage is a mineralized tissue so it counts as a skeleton from this definition. A bit further in the wikipedia article it says

The vertebrate endoskeleton is basically made up of two types of tissues (bone and cartilage)

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