Virtual Sea Odyssey

Predators

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

Predators
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Seafloor showing several predators 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
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

Canadaspis

Canadaspis

A common arthropod with two large valves

Haplophrentis

Haplophrentis

A small cone-shaped shell with two curved spines and a cap

Hurdia

Hurdia

A cousin of Anomalocaris with large carapaces and comb-like claws

Marrella

Marrella

An abundant arthropod with large head spines

Morania

Morania

A common sheath-like cyanobacteria

Nectocaris

Nectocaris

A squid-like predator with a pair of long tentacles