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Definition of brachiopod

: any of a phylum (Brachiopoda) of marine invertebrates with bivalve shells within which is a pair of arms bearing tentacles by which a current of water is made to bring microscopic food to the mouth

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Recent Examples on the Web The event took its hardest toll on marine organisms such as corals, shelled brachiopods, eel-like creatures called conodonts, and the trilobites. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "What are mass extinctions, and what causes them?," 30 Sep. 2019 Invertebrate groups that experienced diversification included horseshoe crab-like trilobites, clams, clam-like brachiopods and a group called gastropods that included snails and slugs. Will Dunham, Washington Post, "How an ancient ‘dust-up’ altered life on Earth," 24 Sep. 2019 The first saw the emergence of brachiopods and molluscs, the second that of annelids, cnidarians, echinoderms and chordates (a group that includes the vertebrates). The Economist, "The Cambrian explosion was caused by a lack of oxygen, not an abundance," 7 June 2018 That is in contradistinction to Cambrian fossils, among which are found representatives of all the main animal groups (annelids, arthropods, brachiopods, chordates, cnidarians, echinoderms, molluscs and so on) that are around today. The Economist, "The Cambrian explosion was caused by a lack of oxygen, not an abundance," 7 June 2018 The warm coastal waters surrounding Gondwana were perfect for new kinds of animals, like brachiopods, crinoids, ostracodes, cephalopods, corals, and bryozoans. Annalee Newitz, Ars Technica, "If you liked the Cambrian Explosion, you’ll love the Ordovician Radiation," 21 Nov. 2017 The creature has a shell like a brachiopod and has a tubular body similar to a group called phoronids or horseshoe worms. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Tiny Cone-Shaped Creature Gets a Twig on the Tree of Life," 12 Jan. 2017 Ancient creatures such as trilobites and brachiopods could not cope with the changes, and many of them went extinct. Alexandra Witze, WIRED, "Toxic Oceans May Have Poisoned Early Animals," 5 Jan. 2011

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First Known Use of brachiopod

1814, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brachiopod

ultimately from Latin bracchium + Greek pod-, pous foot — more at foot

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“Brachiopod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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