The Resource The fossils of the Burgess Shale, Derek E.G. Briggs, Douglas H. Erwin, Frederick J. Collier ; with photographs by Chip Clark

The fossils of the Burgess Shale, Derek E.G. Briggs, Douglas H. Erwin, Frederick J. Collier ; with photographs by Chip Clark

Label
The fossils of the Burgess Shale
Title
The fossils of the Burgess Shale
Statement of responsibility
Derek E.G. Briggs, Douglas H. Erwin, Frederick J. Collier ; with photographs by Chip Clark
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Language
eng
Summary
Since its discovery in 1909 by Charles Doolittle Walcott, then Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, the Burgess Shale in the Canadian Rocky Mountains has fascinated both scientists and the public with its plethora of weird wonders - life forms of the past so unfamiliar they cannot easily be assigned to known taxonomic groups. This century's most significant invertebrate fossil discovery, the Burgess Shale provides an unprecedented window into the explosive evolution during the Cambrian period that began about 540 million years ago, one of the most enigmatic episodes in the history of life. This book provides the first comprehensive set of illustrations of the extraordinary life forms revealed in the Burgess Shale. In addition to the more common fossilized hard skeletons, the Burgess Shale preserved the soft parts of these organisms, which provide a key to understanding the early evolution of the major groups of animals that inhabit the earth today. The Fossils of the Burgess Shale shows much remarkable detail - including digestive tracts and other internal organs - of creatures preserved in particles of mud fine enough to penetrate every crack and unevenness. The book begins with the history of exploration and research in the Burgess Shale, the geologic setting and preservation of the fossils, and a discussion of the Cambrian radiation, the period when almost all the major phyla of animals evolved. These introductory chapters are followed by 199 high-quality photographs and line drawings with detailed species accounts that describe important features of each specimen, as well as the ecology and taxonomy of each group. A complete list of all currently accepted species described from the Burgess Shale and a comprehensive bibliography follow the illustrations. The Fossil of the Burgess Shale is a compendium of fascinating Cambrian treasures that offer a rare glimpse into the nature of early life on our planet. They have figured prominently in recent evolutionary debates. The National Museum of Natural History, which houses more than 65,000 fossils collected by Walcott from the Burgess Shale, will open a new exhibition of the specimens in 1995
Cataloging source
DLC
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
QE770
LC item number
.B75 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • catalogs
Label
The fossils of the Burgess Shale, Derek E.G. Briggs, Douglas H. Erwin, Frederick J. Collier ; with photographs by Chip Clark
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 223-236) and index
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Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xvii, 238 pages
Isbn
9781560986591
Lccn
93044198
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
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99194659600001161
System control number
  • (OCoLC)29467737
  • (OCoLC)ocm29467737

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