Virtual Sea Odyssey

Scavengers

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

Scavengers
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Seafloor showing several scavengers 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
Click the icons below to learn more about the species in this sequence.

Burgessia

Burgessia

A primitive arthropod with a kidney-shaped stomach

Eldonia

Eldonia

A discoidal organism with short tentacles

Leanchoilia

Leanchoilia

An arthropod with two long appendages ending in whip-like lashes

Marrella

Marrella

An abundant arthropod with large head spines

Olenoides

Olenoides

The best-known trilobite from the Burgess Shale

Opabinia

Opabinia

A primitive arthropod with five eyes and a long “nozzle” with claws

Selkirkia

Selkirkia

A worm living in a tube

Sidneyia

Sidneyia

An arthropod named after Charles Walcott's son

Yohoia

Yohoia

A small, carnivorous arthropod with great appendages