The Common Descent Podcast

Episode 89 - The Burgess Shale

June 13, 2020

In the Canadian Rockies of British Columbia sits one of the most important, well-studied, and scientifically influential fossil sites in the world. The Burgess Shale not only provides us a glimpse into the tail end of the Cambrian Explosion, and not only yields tens of thousands of fossil specimens, but also includes some of the most exceptional fossil preservation of any fossil locality anywhere. This episode, we’ll dive into how it got that way, and what it has to tell us about some of Earth's earliest animal communities.

In the news: baby sharks, hungry dinosaurs, a pregnant ichthyosaur, and one dino’s last meal.

News: 00:06:30
Main discussion: 00:34:00
Mid-discussion break: 01:00:00
Patron question: 01:37:00

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