October 2007

Go back in time 510 Myr, shortly before a mudslide trapped and preserved an amazing array of soft-bodied fauna in a shallow sea in what is now called the Burgess Shale. This video – an extract from a 5-minute long show from the Field Museum in Chicago – shows some of the key bizarre organisms (including Wiwixia, Marella and Anomalocaris) that are characteristic of the Cambrian Explosion. The video is quite long and is in Quicktime format. As the students who have seen it in the Evolution of Animals lectures will know, it’s well worth the wait!


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