Burgess Shale World Heritage Site

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Burgess Shale
Stratigraphic range:
~508 Ma
Ottoia tricuspida ROM 63057.jpg
Ottoia, a soft-bodied worm, abundant in the Burgess Shale. (From Smith et al. 2015)
TypeGeological formation
Unit ofStephen Formation
Thickness161 meters (528 ft)[1]
Coordinates51°26′N 116°28′W / 51.433°N 116.467°W / 51.433; -116.467
RegionYoho National Park and Kootenay National Park
Type section
Named forBurgess Pass
Named byCharles Doolittle Walcott, 1911
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Map highlighting Yoho National Park in red

The Burgess Shale is a fossil-bearing deposit exposed in the Canadian Rockies of British Columbia, Canada.[2] It is famous for the exceptional preservation of the soft parts of its fossils. At 508 million years old (middle Cambrian),[3] it is one of the earliest fossil beds containing soft-part imprints.

The rock unit is a black shale and crops out at a number of localities near the town of Field in Yoho National Park and the Kicking Horse Pass. Another outcrop is in Kootenay National Park 42 km to the south.

  1. ^ Lexicon of Canadian Geological Units. "Burgess Shale". Archived from the original on 11 January 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2009.
  2. ^ Gabbott, Sarah E. (2001). Exceptional Preservation. Encyclopedia of Life Sciences. doi:10.1038/npg.els.0001622. ISBN 978-0-470-01590-2.
  3. ^ Butterfield, N.J. (2006). "Hooking some stem-group" worms": fossil lophotrochozoans in the Burgess Shale". BioEssays. 28 (12): 1161–6. doi:10.1002/bies.20507. PMID 17120226. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |map= (help)

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