History of Discovery

Charles Walcott, the discoverer of the Burgess Shale fossil bed
Charles Walcott, the discoverer of the Burgess Shale fossil bed. Photo from the Smithsonian Archives.

 

Perhaps one of the most important discoveries of our time, Charles Walcott’s find has changed the way we look at the Cambrian time period and evolution itself.  Read up here on his initial find and the later findings and research.  The well-known scientist Bill Nye also explains details of the discovery in a short video.

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