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Ancient chordates

In 1999, researchers discovered fossil chordates in rocks in China that are 10 million years older than Pikaia! Chordates have been around for a long time — since at least the very early Cambrian. Some chordates evolved skulls and a bony spinal column, becoming the lineage known as vertebrates — of which humans are a small part.

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