Burgess Shale

Monthly Archive: December Burg

The life cycle of a new fossil: Meet the ancient cousin of the earthworm

Posted: January 19, 2018 - 12:35 , by admin
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An artist reconstruction of Kootenayscolex barbarensis

By Karma Nanglu

Habelia, a fossil predator with a “multi-tool” head

Posted: December 19, 2017 - 13:15 , by admin
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Artistic reconstruction of Habelia optata. Credit: Courtesy of Joanna Liang, © Royal Ontario Museum

The Cambrian Burgess Shale arthropod Habelia optata illustrates the uncanny origin of horseshoe crabs, scorpions and spiders

The secret of Oesia: a Burgess Shale mystery, by Karma Nanglu

Posted: July 7, 2016 - 10:05 , by admin
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My name is Karma Nanglu and I’m a PhD student at the University of Toronto, but on a day-to-day basis I do my research at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Burgess Shale fossil site reveals oldest evidence of brood care

Posted: December 17, 2015 - 12:00 , by David McKay
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Illustration of Waptia carrying eggs or juveniles.

Waptia fieldensis research shows parenting has a long history (508 million years)

Brood care, where the adult carries its eggs or juveniles to help increase their survival, was an important evolutionary step. However, little is known about how and when this strategy began.

The restudy of the iconic Hallucigenia animal from Burgess Shale

Posted: June 24, 2015 - 13:00 , by admin
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New research published today in the journal Nature describes a newly-discovered 'ring of teeth' in an otherworldly creature from half a billion years ago.  

A Fish With a Big Bang

Posted: June 11, 2014 - 13:00 , by Jean-Bernard Caron
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Illustration of Metaspriggina

New fossils reveal first hints of the evolution of jaws in primitive fish.