Burgess Shale's Weird Wonders

The fossils found in the Burgess Shale include the 500-million-year-old ancestors of most modern animals

(Painting by D.W. Miller. Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution)

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Cambrian Period
(Maura McCarthy)
This painting is a 1997 illustration of an assortment of Cambrian era creatures by D.W. Miller. The large animal in the top right corner is known as Anomalocaris, and Hallucigenia, Wiwaxia and Ottoia are also pictured.

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