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Welcome to my collection, which focuses on my fascination with fossils and palaeontology. Many of the fossils featured here are part of my personal collection. A collection started over forty years ago and built piece by piece over the last thirty years. Supplementary material is gleaned from various places on the interwebs.

It's my hope that some of my passion for palaeontology rubs off on those of you that read these posts. So please enjoy the photos and the information provided.


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Gogia spiralis

A middle Cambrian echinoderm from the Wheeler Formation of Utah.

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Ostracods

Tiny ostracods fill the inner whorls of an agatized snail in a slab of Turritella Agate from the Eocene Green River Formation of Wyoming. The complete snail, seen in the second photo, is 20mm long and the area shown in the first photo, circled in green, is only 1.75 x 2mm!

FYI: Although known as Turritella agate, this attractive semiprecious gemstone does not in fact contain Turritella snails which are marine gastropods. Instead it contains the freshwater snail Elimia tenera.

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Hyolithids

Our understanding of these enigmatic creatures has become much clearer with this new study.

What other mysteries remain to be teased from the Burgess Shale?

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A large Cretaceous ammonite (Eupachydiscus sp.) found near Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Photo © Dan Bowden

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Celebrating Canada's first gold medal, at the Rio Olympics, by swimming phenom Penny Oleksiak!

Canadoceras yokoyami, another Canadian swimmer, this one an ammonite from the Creataceous of Vancouver Island.

Go Canada Go!

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Vauxia gracilenta is a middle Cambrian sponge found at the Burgess Shale, in British Columbia's Yoho National Park.

This photo, (C) Dan Bowden, was taken on a guided hike to the Burgess Shale in 1993.

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Piochaspis sellata from the middle Cambrian Chisholm shale of Nevada.

Photo (C) Dan Bowden

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Leanchoilia superlata an ancient cousin to the spiders.

A really cool specimen of this middle Cambrian "great appendage" arthropod from the Burgess Shale In Yoho National Park. British Columbia.

Fossils found at the Burgess Shale are typically preserved as black reflective films (composed of aluminosilicate minerals). However, occasionally the fossils are also preserved as reflective films of iron sulfide (pyrite) as seen in this specimen.

Also note the splayed out appendages and oral disc of Anomalocaris canadensis near the tail end of the specimen.

This specimen was photographed in 1993 during a trip to the site. Photo (C) Dan Bowden.

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Asaphiscus wheeleri

A middle Cambrian trilobite from the Wheeler Formation of Utah.

Photo © Dan Bowden

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