Burgess Shale

Burgess Shale

The Burgess Shale Formation, located in the Canadian Rockies of British Columbia, is one of the world's most celebrated fossil fields, and the best of its kind. It is famous for the exceptional preservation of the soft parts of its fossils. At 505 million years (Middle Cambrian) old it is one of the earliest fossil beds containing the imprints of soft-parts.

The rock unit is a black shale, and crops out at a number of localities near the town of Field in Yoho National Park.

Read more about Burgess Shale:  History and Significance, Geological Setting, Stratigraphy, Taphonomy and Diagenesis, Biota, Working With The Burgess Shale

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Burgess Shale Type Fauna
... A number of assemblages bear fossil assemblages similar in character to that of the Burgess Shale ... While many are also preserved in a similar fashion to the Burgess Shale, the term "Burgess Shale type fauna" covers assemblages based on taxonomic criteria only ...
Burgess Shale Type Fauna - Example Faunas - Burgess Shale
... The Burgess Shale was the first of the Cambrian lagerst├Ątten to be discovered (by Walcott in 1909), and the re-analysis of the Burgess Shale by Whittington and others in the 1970s was the ... The shelled fossils in the Burgess Shale are similar in proportions to other shelly fossil deposits however, they are a minor component of the biota, accounding for only 14% of the Burgess Shale fossils ... Arthropods are the most abundant and diverse group of organisms in the Burgess Shale, followed closely by sponges ...
Annelid - Evolutionary History - Fossil Record
... the polychaetes Canadia and Burgessochaeta, both from Canada's Burgess Shale, formed about 505 million years ago in the early Cambrian ... Myoscolex, found in Australia and a little older than the Burgess Shale, was possibly an annelid ... There has been vigorous debate about whether the Burgess Shale fossil Wiwaxia was a mollusc or an annelid ...
Working With The Burgess Shale
... The fossils of the Burgess Shale are preserved as black carbon films on black shales, and so are difficult to photograph however, various photographic ...
Fossils Of The Burgess Shale - Notable Fossils - Soft-bodied Fossils
... Marrella was the first Burgess Shale fossil that Whittington re-examined, and gave the first indication that surprises were on the way ... A fossil of Marrella from the Burgess Shale has also provided the earliest clear evidence of molting ... Devonian period, about 100 million years later than the Burgess Shale ...

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