August 30, 2011

August 30: Burgess Shale Fossils Discovered, 1909

Charles Doolittle Walcott collected 65,000 fossil specimens from the Burgess site in the Canadian Rockies.

For years they were considered merely a curiosity, but they were much more than that.

Read article here.

Pictured: Walcott (center) and his family. Photograph from the Smithsonian Institution.

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