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Burgess Shale Podcasts

These podcasts - produced by Parks Canada for the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the Burgess Shale - explore its the history, meaning and significance. Use these to learn more about this remarkable fossil find or to prepare for your trip to Yoho National Park. 

Burgess Shale: Introduction

Many ancient cultures extolled the virtues of teaching and learning in settings of compelling natural beauty. Imagine experiencing just such a setting high in the mountains with a vista of glaciers, lakes and mighty peaks, and, at the same time, imagine standing upon the threshold of a place that unlocks the secrets of 500,000,000 years of earth's history. This is the Burgess Shale.

Burgess Shale: Significance

The significance lies in the fact that the deposit provides an exceptional understanding of a particular aspect of the history of life. 

Burgess Shale: Meaning

In 1975, with exclusive area expeditions permitted to the Royal Ontario Museum, study of the Burgess Shale was launched the modern era. 

Burgess Shale: History

Drawn from, in part, man's persistent will to know who he is and whence he and his world emerges comes a statement: “It was inevitable that the Burgess Shale was going to be noticed sooner or later and its fossil treasures revealed to science.


The following podcasts are hosted by the Friends of Banff National Park and are also excellent resources.

Sarah Stauderman: Charles Walcott's Panoramic Photographs (August 8, 2009)

Sarah Stauderman delivers her presentation at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies on Charles D. Walcott's panoramic mountain photographs and his Burgess Shale excavations.

Claudia Harding: Burgess Shale Hike (July 31, 2009 )

Allan Buckingham of Banff Park Radio takes a guided hike to the Burgess Shale fossil beds with Parks Canada Heritage Interpreter, Claudia Harding.

Jean-Bernard Caron: The Burgess Shale (May 14, 2009)

Jean-Bernard Caron talks about 100 years of the Burgess Shale at a Parks Canada Research Update delivered at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff, Alberta during the Burgess Shale Centennial year.

 


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