Promissum is an extinct genus of primitive chordate that lived in the Ordovician period, about 500 million years ago.

A conodont, Promissum had a primitive mouth under its eyes with mineralized teeth, which are both typical for conodonts, and also a primitive backbone. It probably looked like a small eel or large worm, lacking any kind of fins except for perhaps a small one on the tail. It was relatively large for a conodont, reaching about 40 centimetres (16 in) in length.[2]

Well-preserved specimens were discovered in the Soom shale of South Africa in 1994.[3]

Promissum was probably capable of maintaining a cruising speed, but not of bursts of speed



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