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THE HUMAN FACTOR Edit
Animals, characterized by a bony or cartilaginous skeleton (or a simple notochord in some more basal groups), that have existed for over 500 million years and since evolved into countless different forms, from sessile marine filter feeders to feathered aerial pedators. Just like in our world, they make up the majority of Earths megafauna, but many groups have taken a quite different evolutionary pathway, making the difference between this world and ours most noticeable among the members of this familiar (?) phylum.
Pretty radial synmetric (crinoids, starfish, sea urchins, brittle stars) and not so pretty secondarily bilateral (sea cucumbers), marine, mostly benthic deuterostomes with ossified internal skeletons and impressive regenerative powers. In a variety of niches, from abyssal benthic saprophages to coastal mollusc predators, they have successfully colonised most marine landscapes.
Consisting of the worm-like, saprophagous acorn worms and the colonial filter feeding pterobranchians (which are much more diverse in this world, spawning a few unique lineages), this small, strange clade is a weird side branch of deuterostome evolution.
By far the most numerous and diverse animals ever, Panarthropods, small to medium sized protostomes with segmented exoskeletons, have conquered almost every every conquerable biome, in this world as well as in ours, and spread into an absolutely stunning array of different forms ranging from blind scavengers colonisating abyssal thermal springs to grazile, colourful flying nectarivores.
A widespread clade of worm-like, small creatures distantly related to arthropods, mostlyfound in moist soil and freshwater biomes, with some groups parasitising on a wide range of plants and animals, some species even affecting humans.
A small phylum consisting of the small, sessile, filter feeding Phoronids (horseshoe worms) and the ancient, oddly clam-like Brachiopods, this clade has once held great ecological significance, but has since faded into obscurity.