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Where can I find more information on the Burgess Shale?

May 2, 2019

If you are booked to come on one of our hikes or are just interested in the Burgess Shale, here are some great resources to help you learn more. 



 A Geoscience Guide to the Burgess Shale - This easy-to-read illustrated guide immerses the reader in the history, geology, environment and, most importantly, fossils of the Burgess Shale. It is a concise summary of life as it was over 500 million years ago. Excellent colour images of 3D interpretations of the organisms and photos of the fossils make this resource a must have for anyone interested in the Burgess Shale.


This book is a Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation publication, written by Murray Coppold and Wayne Powell. To purchase this book, please go to: the Yoho National Park Visitors Centre, Alpine Book Peddlers,, or                                                                          




The Burgess Shale Primer (the field trip companion volume) - This free publication goes over the history, geology and research highlights of the Burgess Shale. It's well worth the read. 














Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale And The Nature Of History - This book by Stephen Jay Gould is historically the most famous book on the Burgess Shale. Gould describes how the Burgess Shale fauna was discovered, reassembled, and analyzed in detail so clear that the reader actually gets some feeling for what paleobiologists do, in the field and in the lab. The many line drawings are unusually beautiful.












Fossils Of Burgess Shale - This reference provides good quality black and white photographs and illustrations of the Burgess Shale fanna.























The Cambrian Explosion - The Cambrian Period records one of the most extraordinary transitions in the history of life. Beginning as simple sponges more than 635 million years ago, the earliest animals evolved into a diverse marine fauna over the course of 100 million years. 




















Please note that this is not a complete reference list of Burgess Shale publications.

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