Take a good look at the fossil and reconstruction of Pikaia. Then compare what you see to the arthropod checklist below.
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Does it look like Pikaia inherited all of the characters of an arthropod?
- arthropod characters
- bilateral symmetry
- segmented body
- hard exoskeleton
- jointed legs
- many pairs of legs
Based on the available evidence, is Pikaia part of the arthropod lineage?
At first glance, Pikaia might look like it had a segmented body, but those "segments" are actually just the imprints of muscle bundles — like the ones shown on this modern amphioxus.
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