Burgess Shale Faunas and the Cambrian Explosion

@article{Morris1989BurgessSF,
  title={Burgess Shale Faunas and the Cambrian Explosion},
  author={Simon Conway Morris},
  journal={Science},
  year={1989},
  volume={246},
  pages={339 - 346}
}
  • S. Morris
  • Published 20 October 1989
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
Soft-bodied marine faunas from the Lower and Middle Cambrian, exemplified by the Burgess Shale of British Columbia, are a key component in understanding the major adaptive radiations at the beginning of the Phanerozoic ("Cambrian explosion"). These faunas have a widespread distribution, and many taxa have pronounced longevity. Among the components appear to be survivors of the preceding Ediacaran assemblages and a suite of bizarre forms that give unexpected insights into morphological… Expand
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