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The first saw the emergence of brachiopods and molluscs, the second that of annelids, cnidarians, echinoderms and chordates (a group that includes the vertebrates).
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 warm coastal waters surrounding Gondwana were perfect for new kinds of animals, like brachiopods, crinoids, ostracodes, cephalopods, corals, and bryozoans.
The creature has a shell like a brachiopod and has a tubular body similar to a group called phoronids or horseshoe worms.
Ancient creatures such as trilobites and brachiopods could not cope with the changes, and many of them went extinct.
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