The Burgess Shale

Did you know?

  • Of the millions of animals on earth today (including insects, spiders, fish, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians) about 95 per cent of them can trace their origin to the Burgess Shale.
  • Some Burgess Shale animals showed signs of handedness. Scientists believe that they were among some of the first right- and left-handed creatures on the planet.
  • A picture of Mount Burgess in Field, BC was featured for 17 years on the Canadian $10 bill.
About 3000 people visit the Burgess Shale annually.
About 3000 people visit the Burgess Shale annually.
PHOTO: © JOHN NIDDRIE, PARKS CANADA