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I visited the ROM in Toronto, during the Toronto trip. I’ll just let the images do the talking.

Metaspriggina

 

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The wall of early spines.

 

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Sponges, and other things. 

 

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A worm.

 

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Gogia.

 

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Lobopods.

 

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The famous Marrella.

 

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And of course, Anomalocaris, because yes.

 

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And these. Naraoia compacta and another species.

 

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Some Waptia.

 

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Small trilobites,which I couldn’t get good images of.

 

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Who doesn’t love some bugs?

 

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And some Burgess Shale-type preservation, with some unique specimens, like 66.

 

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The trilobite wall- Cambrian.

Kingaspidoides.

 

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The famous Olenoides duo.

 

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Yunnanocephalus.

 

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Probably Olenellus from a California-Nevada.

 

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Manuels River.

 

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More bitten bugs.

 

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The trilobite wall-Ordovician.

 

Russian bugs.

 

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An absolutely gorgeous Isotelus. I have never seen one like that before.

 

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A giant Isotelus.

 

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Criner Hills Homotelus.

 

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Beautiful death plate.

 

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Canadian bugs.

 

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Some Beecher’s beds Triarthrus.

 

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Ordovician- cont.

 

Madonna and Child.

 

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Ontario bugs.

 

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An amazing harpetid. Hibbertia?

 

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Etctenaspis

 

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Isotelus plates.

 

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More Russian bugs.

 

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And of course, Isotelus rex.

 

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The trilobite wall-Silurian.

 

 

Some big Ekwanoscutellum pieces.

 

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Arctinurus, of course this famous trilobite.

 

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The trilobite wall- Devonian.

 

An enrolled Dipleura, as I remember it was about baseball-sized.

 

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Some wonderful Bundenbach phacopins.

 

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A group of (I think they were Paciphacops) cephalons.

 

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A very well-prepped dechenellid.

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Dicranurus during prep.

 

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For some reason, this Koneprusia caught my eye. Maybe because it’s awesome.

 

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And finally, Terries! It was difficult to leave after seeing these absolute beauties.

 

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I’ve got more images but I can’t find them and I think I have extended the length of this post to an unreasonable length, so there you are.

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Thank-you so much for sharing pics of all those delicious trilobites! :TongueOut:

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Wow...

I've said it before but it's unfair that the Royal BC Museum doesn't have anything like this collection of Burgess material.

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Some really fascinating fossils

Thanks for sharing 

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7 hours ago, Wrangellian said:

Wow...

I've said it before but it's unfair that the Royal BC Museum doesn't have anything like this collection of Burgess material.

Toronto has all the BC stuff, Ottawa has mainly Alberta stuff so I guess you guys in BC must have all the east coast stuff???

There's no limit to what you can accomplish when you're supposed to be doing something else

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Wow! So many impressive and wonderful specimens. Never been to Toronto, but you’ve given me more reasons to drop everything and go. Thanks for sharing these and if you have more, by all means…

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I'll find some more pictures.

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One of the top researchers of Burgess material, Jean-Bernard Caron, is also the Invertebrate Curator at the ROM, so it makes sense that so much of that material is housed at the ROM, in addition to the fact that the ROM's affiliation was key to financing several research trips to the Burgess for decades. So in terms of continuing research, it is entirely fair.

 

As for eastern Canadian fossils, there is plenty at the ROM, but only a small portion of that is on display. Much of what was collected by all the greats, including Dave Rudkin (who worked at the ROM and supplied many key specimens new to paleontology -- and that plate of Ekwanoscutellum ekwanensis was found by Rudkin and Westrop on their trip to the Ekwan River far up north), Rolf Ludvigsen, and numerous amateur collectors, is there. The Terataspis was found by a collector who I believe passed away some while back, but was a regular collector in the Moosonee region. Of note is how specimens of that lichid differ significantly from their equivalent in southern Ontario and the Schoharie erratics of New York.

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I have a few reasons for wanting to visit Canada, and this just adds to them. Wonderful specimens! Visiting the ROM myself is now added to my Canada trip itinerary. :thumbsu: 

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On 4/11/2024 at 6:12 AM, Northern Sharks said:

Toronto has all the BC stuff, Ottawa has mainly Alberta stuff so I guess you guys in BC must have all the east coast stuff???

Nope!

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What lovely specimens. :trilowalk::b_love1:

Thank you for showing us these photos.

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