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Catastrophic Burial

Observe the creatures who lived in the Burgess Shale community from a "virtual submarine".

Catastrophic Burial
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Seafloor showing the Burgess Shale community being covered by a rapid mudflow event. Camera in movement, travelling parallel to seafloor.

Animation by Phlesch Bubble © Royal Ontario Museum

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View Descent Descent
View Swimmers Swimmers
View Predators Predators
View Grazers Grazers
View Filterers Filterers
View Scavengers Scavengers
View Catastrophic Burial Burial
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Anomalocaris

Anomalocaris

The largest predator of the Cambrian, first described in 1892

Hazelia

Hazelia

A very common sponge

Marrella

Marrella

An abundant arthropod with large head spines

Sidneyia

Sidneyia

An arthropod named after Charles Walcott's son

Wapkia

Wapkia

Large elongate sponge with spicules arranged in plumose patterns