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[Annelida] Burgess Shale site

Geoff Read via annelida%40net.bio.net (by Geoffrey.Read from niwa.co.nz)
Tue Dec 13 17:54:15 EST 2011

Hello & FYI,

A new site about the Burgess Shale fossils and the fossil beds' location in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, curated by the Royal Ontario Museum.
Nice work.


"The Burgess Shale refers to a fossil-rich locality on Fossil Ridge between Wapta Mountain and Mount Field, just a few kilometres north of the small town of Field, British Columbia. Charles Walcott coined the term to describe various fossiliferous rock layers with soft-bodied preservation that he found in 1909 and 1910 and excavated for several years thereafter. The most important excavations were made within a two-metre-thick section representing a series of layers containing the most exquisitely preserved soft-bodied fossils. This section was named the "Phyllopod bed" by Walcott, in reference to the leaf-like structure of the appendages of certain abundant arthropods, including Waptia."

If you want Walcott's (1911) original Cambrian annelids paper it is available at:

Online: http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/9263167

BHL pdf generated by GBR:  http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/pdf3/008968300036478.pdf

Which of Walcott's fossil taxa are close to annelid clade, and which are not?   You tell me.


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