Gnathostomates are vertebrates having jaws. But when I search on the internet for Gnathostomates, I always find out that they are sharks and fish-like organisms.
But are humans not also Gnathostomates? Don't we have jaws?
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Absolutely, humans belong to the superclass Gnathostomata. It's simply the class of jawed vertebrates, and includes 99% of vertebrates. It also includes the class Mammalia, which includes humans.
Taxonomically humans have been grouped as mammals placed under superclass Tetrapoda (Includes amphibians, reptiles, Aves and mammals) being different from other superclass Pisces which includes sharks and bony fishes. All the animals placed under superclass Pisces and Tetrapod are have been grouped as gnathostomes characterised by the presence of jaws in their mouth. In contrast all animals which do not posses jaws like lampreys and hagfishes (primitive jawless fishes) have been grouped as agnathans.Both gnathostomes and agnathans have been grouped as vertebrata (sub phylum) and as Chordata (Phylum) groups.
Source : Vertebrates: Comparative anatomy, function & evolution By Kenneth V Kardong