chordate

noun
chor·date | \ˈkȯr-ˌdāt, -dət\

Definition of chordate 

: any of a phylum (Chordata) of animals having at least at some stage of development a notochord, dorsally situated central nervous system, and gill slits and including the vertebrates, lancelets, and tunicates

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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 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

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First Known Use of chordate

1897, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chordate

ultimately from Latin chorda cord

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