Our starfish is of course modelled on the live animal. And starfish - also known as sea stars - have been around for quite a while, to say the least.
They began evolving back in the good old days of the Cambrian era some 500 million years ago. This was a time when all animals on Earth were still confined to the sea - and more than 499 million years before Homo sapiens first set foot on the planet.
Once starfish had emerged, there was no turning back. As a group the sturdy starfish have survived five mass extinctions, the last of which wiped out the dinosaurs. Today there are around 1,900 species of starfish spanning the globe.