Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History Setting & Symbolism

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The Burgess Shale

The limestone shale in the Canadian Rockies in British Columbia where the Burgess fauna were discovered.

Walcott's Quarry

The quarry Walcott built in the Burgess Shale to uncover the fossils located there.

The Canadian Rockies

The mountain range where the Burgess Shale was located.

The Smithsonian Institute

The series of famous museums in Washington. Walcott became Secretary of the Smithsonian Institute in 1907.

Cambridge

Whittington was a professor of geology at Cambridge and did most of his original research there.

The Cambrian Era

Beginning 570 million years ago, this Era marked the explosion of multi-celluar life forms.

The Burgess Fauna

The range of animal species located in the Burgess Shale.

Burgess Fossils

The Burgess fossils are the fossilized remains of the Burgess fauna.

Reconstruction Methods

The methods Whittington pioneers in creating three dimensional representations of the Burgess fossils.

Arthropod Appendages

The various arthropod appendages that Whittington expected...

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