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Crinoidea (assortment)
Crinoidea (assortment)
© 1997 Tom Maier

Argopecten revellei
Argopecten revellei
© 2009 Ana Luisa Carreno

Ammonoidea
Ammonoidea
© 2005 George E. Phillips, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

What are Invertebrates? Invertebrates are multicellular animals without backbones. This very large group makes up 95% of living animal species, including such familiar organisms as insects, crabs, clams, and earthworms, as well as less familiar trilobites, brachiopods, and crinoids. Invertebrates dominate habitats as diverse as the deep sea, tide pools, coral reefs, rocks on stream bottoms, and soils. Although some invertebrates fossilize better than others, this group has a long fossil record, extending back to the Precambrian.

First known fossil occurrence: Precambrian.

Last known fossil occurrence: Quaternary. This group has living relatives.

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