Cambrian Explosion

The Cambrian explosion was the relatively rapid appearance, around 542 million years ago, of most major animal phyla, as demonstrated in the fossil record (wiki)

Connected Sites

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Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks Burgess Fossil Shale (The biota of the Burgess Shale appears to be typical of Middle Cambrian deposits - Wiki)
Chengjiang Fossil Site Chengjiang's fossils present the most complete record of an early Cambrian marine community with exceptionally preserved biota (Brief Description)
Grand Canyon
Lena Pillars The site also contains a wealth of Cambrian fossil remains of numerous species, some of them unique (Brief Description)
Mistaken Point


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