Cambrian Fossils

There are lots of different Cambrian fossils.


Thanks to the large amount and diversity of Cambrian animals, obviously there are also a lot of fossils.

Burgess Shale Fossils Priapulid, Middle Cambrian Period, Western Canadian Rockies
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There were trilobite fossils, echinoderm fossils, trace fossils, and a whole lot more.

Fossil records have their problems as a representation of the fauna at the time.

Cross-Bedded Sandstone, Cambrian Age, Wood Canyon Formation, Southeastern California, USA
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Only a very small amount, only found in very special conditions, ever gets fossilised.

Fossils, Lower Cambrian Stephen Formation, Burgess, Yoho, Canada
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The animals that do may well not represent the whole picture since there may be tendencies with the animals that happen to be in those conditions.

Fossilized Stromatolite, Conophytum Basalticum, from the Cambrian
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The animal has to be preserved in no-oxygen conditions. That means under the water, where it has to be covered by a layer of sediment. Not the majority of animals die and lie in those conditions.

















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