Ottoia, a soft-bodied worm, abundant in the Burgess Shale. (From Smith et al. 2015)
|Unit of||Stephen Formation|
|Thickness||161 meters (528 ft)|
|Region||Yoho National Park and Kootenay National Park|
|Named for||Burgess Pass|
|Named by||Charles Doolittle Walcott, 1911|
Map highlighting Yoho National Park in red
The Burgess Shale is a fossil-bearing deposit exposed in the Canadian Rockies of British Columbia, Canada. It is famous for the exceptional preservation of the soft parts of its fossils. At old (middle Cambrian), 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.
- Lexicon of Canadian Geological Units. "Burgess Shale". Archived from the original on 11 January 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2009.
- Gabbott, Sarah E. (2001). Exceptional Preservation. Encyclopedia of Life Sciences. doi:10.1038/npg.els.0001622. ISBN 978-0-470-01590-2.
- 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:
Yoho National Park
Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site
Field, British Columbia
Unincorporated in British Columbia, Canada
Emerald Lake (British Columbia)
Mountain in Yoho NP, Canada
Mountain range in Yoho NP, Canada
Mount Field (British Columbia)
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