Burgess Shale website launched

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This visually stunning online exhibition, addresses aspects of history, research, education, outreach and visitor access to one of the most famous paleontological sites in the world, the Burgess Shale in Yoho National Park (British Columbia, Canada).

Of particular interest is an animated tour of the Cambrian seas through a virtual submarine and a comprehensive fossil gallery, with high resolution images of spectacularly well-preserved marine animals and algae, and breathless digital reconstructions. A must-see for anyone interested in discovering what life on earth may have been like more than half a billion years ago, and an excellent primer for those who wish to visit the Burgess Shale in person.

The Virtual Museum of Canada’s Burgess Shale exhibit was created by the Royal Ontario Museum and Parks Canada.

Lesson plans for teachers related to this website can also be found on the Virtual Museum of Canada Teacher’s Centre.