Deuterostomia may not sound familiar, but it should: you are a deuterostome! Most deuterostomes belong to one of two groups that include most of its members—echinoderms, which includes animals such as the spiny-skinned starfish, sea urchins, and their relatives, and chordates, which include fish and other vertebrates (including humans). The name deuterostome means “mouth second,” because during cell development, the cavity that will become the organism’s anus is formed first by the blastopore, while the mouth is formed secondarily on the opposite side. This is the opposite of the organisms in the Ecdysozoan Division.
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