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Filterers

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

Filterers
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Seafloor showing several filter-feeders from the Burgess Shale community. Camera in movement, travelling parallel to seafloor.

Animation by Phlesch Bubble © Royal Ontario Museum

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View Descent Descent
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View Predators Predators
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View Filterers Filterers
View Scavengers Scavengers
View Catastrophic Burial Burial
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Acrothyra

Acrothyra

A tiny brachiopod with smooth valves

Choia

Choia

A discoidal sponge with long radial spicules

Diagoniella

Diagoniella

A conical sponge with a diagonally arranged skeleton

Diraphora

Diraphora

A brachiopod with a ridged appearance

Eiffelia

Eiffelia

A globe-like calcareous sponge with star-shaped spicules

Hallucigenia

Hallucigenia

A prickly worm that turns out to have “legs”

Hazelia

Hazelia

A very common sponge

Herpetogaster

Herpetogaster

A creeping organism with tentacles and a long stalk

Mackenzia

Mackenzia

A Burgess Shale sea anemone-like animal

Micromitra

Micromitra

A brachiopod with long, slender spines extending from the shell margin

Nisusia

Nisusia

A small brachiopod with long slender spines attached to the anterior margin

Paterina

Paterina

A brachiopod with prominent growth lines

Pirania

Pirania

A cactus-like sponge

Vauxia

Vauxia

A common group of sponges with distinct bush-like forms