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The Royal Ontario Museum in association with Parks Canada has put together a virtual exhibit on the Community of Organisms found in the Burgess Shale.

The Burgess Shale is a rock formation found in Yoho National Park in British Columbia, Canada. It is considered one of the most significant fossil finds in the world, due to both the age, roughly 500 millions old, placing it just after the Cambrian explosion, and the quality of preservation of the fossils. Fossilized jellyfish have been found in the Burgess Shale! It is thought that frequent landslides made up of clay with very fine particles are responsible for the incredible preservation of soft bodied organisms in the shale.


The exhibit includes a virtual undersea odyssey as well as a fossil gallery where you can look at individual fossils and reconstructions of the organisms.

Now if only the ROM would only get the new Gallery of Early Life up and running, it would be great. Currently the Burgess Shale fossils they have on exhibit are tucked away in a corner on the second floor by the Rotunda.


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