Proterostomic versus Deuterostomic development
The majority of coelomate invertebrates develop as protostomes ("first mouth") in which the oral end of the animal develops from the first developmental opening, the blastopore. In the deuterostomes ("second mouth": cf. Deuteronomy, "second book of the law"), including Echinodermata and the ancestors of the Chordata, the oral end of the animal develops from the second opening on the dorsal surface of the animal; the blastopore becomes the anus.
The Deuterostomes also show indeterminate
development, in which each of the cells of the eight-cell embryo
remain capable of developing as complete organisms.This
contrasts to determinate
development, in which the development fate of each cell in the
has already been determined.