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Temporal range: 535–520Ma
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
(unranked): Craniata
Superclass: Agnatha
Genus: Haikouichthys

Haikouichthys is an extinct early fish-like craniate.

These creatures have backbones and distinct heads, and lived about 530 million years ago, during the Cambrian explosion.

Haikouichthys had a defined skull and other characters which suggest it is a true craniate, and perhps one of the earliest fishes. Cladistic analysis indicates that the animal is probably a basal chordate or a basal craniate. It does not show enough detail to be definitely included in either stem group.

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