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The Burgess Shale In Photos.

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palaeopix

I may never reach satiation, but of all the things I've found written about the Burgess Shale, this thread is the most satisfying!

Thanks Chas,

I've had a fascination with the Burgess Shale since I was in High School back in the early 1980s. At one point I had devoured everything about the Burgess Shale I could get my hands on but I'm a bit rusty as I haven't kept up with many of the more recent publications. But I'll get to them eventually!

It's awesome that you're enjoying this thread!!

Peter: It's been a pleasure sharing the photos with everyone here on the Forum! Matt tells me there are even more wonderful and bizarre things in the ROM's collections that still await publication!!!!!

Dan

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palaeopix

Several posts back I mentioned an exhibit held at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the Burgess Shale by Charles Walcott in 1909. I thought it might be interesting to show the exhibit pamphlet which has some very good historical photos of the Burgess Shale, Charles Walcott, members of the Wacott family, some Burgess Shale fossils and a panoramic photo by Walcott of Fossil Ridge. In addition there are some very fine drawings by Marianne Collins included in the pamphlet. The reproductions here are not the best because they are scanned from the original. All of the photos and drawings along with a collection of other panoramic photos taken by Walcott appeared at the exhibit. Additionally some historical artifacts (including some of his field notes ) from Walcott's field camp and the main quarry were also on exhibit. This collection was gathered from items held at the Smithsonian and ROM.

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I was unable to attend the conference held in August but I did take part in a hike to the Burgess Shale in July!

If anyone attended the Conference in Banff, I'd love to hear about it!!

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piranha

Auspex has it right ...

This is easily one of the most satisfying compilations for the Burgess Shale!

The title of your pamphlet sums it up really quite succinctly; Fossil Paradise!

Thanks for the great effort to synthesize that majesty here in this thread Dan!

:thumbsu::thumbsu::thumbsu::thumbsu::thumbsu::thumbsu::thumbsu::thumbsu::thumbsu::thumbsu:

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mattdevereux

I'll post a bunch more one day ... when I find the time to covert a large number of prints to jpg.

Good memories, I assure y'all!

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pleecan

Peter: It's been a pleasure sharing the photos with everyone here on the Forum! Matt tells me there are even more wonderful and bizarre things in the ROM's collections that still await publication!!!!!

Dan

That is great Dan! Matt thanks for sharing those fine memories of Burgess.... with all on this forum.

Peter

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palaeopix

I'll post a bunch more one day ... when I find the time to covert a large number of prints to jpg.

Good memories, I assure y'all!

That would be awesome Matt!

It would be cool to see more photos of the everyday workings at the Burgess Shale.

I'm sure whatever you have will be great!

Dan

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Nandomas

Plaiyng with Treasure Chest and Burgessochaeta ;)

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Nandomas

done today Wiwaxia sp. and Opabinia sp. photos in DC ;)

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PaleoGuy

Nando:

Thanks great photos. Are the specimens on display in the Smithsonian, you only say DC, I hate to assume.

Brent

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pleecan

Nice pics Nando. Thanks for sharing them.

PL

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palaeopix

That Opabinia regalis is from the Smithsonian's collections and is featured in Fossils of the Burgess Shale: A National Treasure in Yoho National Park, British Columbia. This great general overview of the Burgess Shale fossils was published by the Geological Survey of Canada and authored by Simon Conway Morris and Harry B. Whittington in 1985 as GSC MIsc. Report 43.

Dan

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Nandomas

Nando:

Thanks great photos. Are the specimens on display in the Smithsonian, you only say DC, I hate to assume.

Brent

Of course, the Smithsonian was the place, sorry

Sidneyia inexpectans

Anomalocaris mouth :o :o

Naraoia compacta

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Nandomas

Canadia spinosa

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Auspex

I could sense ripples in the force the day you passed through town... ;)

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Frank Menser

One would think that instead of allowing fossils that have a market value to waste, they would collect those 'extra' specimens and sell them in the museum's gift shop (or whatever they have). Since no on site collecting is allowed; there would be a demand + the educational value. It would certainly go for helping to finance the museums, instead of indulging in what to me is just plain greed and wastefulness.

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Nandomas

I could sense ripples in the force the day you passed through town... ;)

I just realized Alexandria is very close to the Museums alley... :( sorry I missed you, it would have been great too meet you in person and do some chatting about fossils :)

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palaeopix

Thanks for posting the great photos from the Smithsonian Nando!

Dan

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palaeopix

One would think that instead of allowing fossils that have a market value to waste, they would collect those 'extra' specimens and sell them in the museum's gift shop (or whatever they have). Since no on site collecting is allowed; there would be a demand + the educational value. It would certainly go for helping to finance the museums, instead of indulging in what to me is just plain greed and wastefulness.

Hey Frank,

several of us have discussed this topic at length in the following thread found Here!

If you're interested in what everyone thinks about the controversy of letting the fossils weather away then the link above is for you!

Dan

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Nandomas

Thanks for posting the great photos from the Smithsonian Nando!

Dan

:)

Laggania cambria, Anomlocaris canadensis

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Auspex

There is a French seller offering a few Burgess fossils right now on Ebay!

My link

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palaeopix

:)

Laggania cambria, Anomlocaris canadensis

Nice to see a specimen of Laggania cambria, you don't see them as much as Anomalocaris canadensis!

P.S. I did some color correcting on your image Nando. Hope you don't mind.

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Dan

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Wrangellian

There is a French seller offering a few Burgess fossils right now on Ebay!

My link

Oo! Looks like they just started too (you must have a Saved Search).. I'll be watching them, Will be interesting to see where the bidding goes.

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Nandomas

Burgessochaeta setigera, anellid

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palaeopix

Well I'm happy and excited to let everyone know that I finally received permission from Dr. Jean Bernard Caron (Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology at the Royal Ontario Museum) to share some of the ROM's exceptional Burgess Shale images here on the Fossil Forum.

The following photos are from ROM Images which is located on the ROM's website, on their homepage, under Collections and Research.

post-2629-0-30870600-1302229606_thumb.jpgAnomalocaris canadensis. Credit: With permission of Parks Canada © Royal Ontario Museum 2008. Photo Credit: J.B. Caron. All rights reserved.

post-2629-0-94275400-1302229614_thumb.jpgLaggania cambria. Credit: With permission of Parks Canada © Royal Ontario Museum 2008. Photo Credit: J.B. Caron. All rights reserved.

post-2629-0-90711200-1302229617_thumb.jpgMarrella splendans. Credit: With permission of Parks Canada © Royal Ontario Museum 2008. Photo Credit: J.B. Caron. All rights reserved.

post-2629-0-13828800-1302229622_thumb.jpgOdaraia alata. Credit: With permission of Parks Canada © Royal Ontario Museum 2008. Photo Credit: J.B. Caron. All rights reserved.

post-2629-0-03902700-1302229628_thumb.jpgSanctacaris uncata. Credit: With permission of Parks Canada © Royal Ontario Museum 2008. Photo Credit: J.B. Caron. All rights reserved.

post-2629-0-07824200-1302229609_thumb.jpgBurgessia bella. Credit: With permission of Parks Canada © Royal Ontario Museum 2008. Photo Credit: Brian Boyle. All rights reserved.

post-2629-0-23025800-1302229612_thumb.jpgHallucigenia sparsa. Credit: With permission of Parks Canada © Royal Ontario Museum 2008. Photo Credit: J.B. Caron. All rights reserved.

post-2629-0-77817700-1302229631_thumb.jpgWiwaxia corrugata. Credit: With permission of Parks Canada © Royal Ontario Museum 2008. Photo Credit: J.B. Caron. All rights reserved.

post-2629-0-49427400-1302229624_thumb.jpgOdontogriphus omalus. Credit: With permission of Parks Canada © Royal Ontario Museum 2008. Photo Credit: J.B. Caron. All rights reserved.

Note: If you wish to copy any of these photos please consider copying the photo credits as well! Dr. J.B. Caron was kind enough to allow me to share these exceptional specimens here on the Fossil Forum and asked that credit be given where credit was due.

I wish to personally thank Dr. J.B. Caron for generously granting me permission to share these photos and look forward to seeing the new Burgess Shale website that is under construction at the ROM. Rumor has it this large and comprehensive site will be launched by the end of summer 2011!

Dan

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piranha

Exquisitely Delightful Dan ... Thank You !! :D

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