Stromatolite reef in the middle of the "Cambrian Explosion"
June 22, 2010
A stromatolite reef in the middle of the "Cambrian Explosion" based on fossils from the Burgess Shale. The strange creature in the upper left center is Anomalocaris canadensis.It is chasing the three trilobites, Paradoxides, lower right center. Scattered about on the ocean floor are Wiwaxia, looking like fringed ashtrays. Sponges (black and brown) and goblet-shaped Archaeocyathians are also present. To learn more about giant Cambrian predators, visit the Anomalocaris Homepage. (Date of Image: 2002) [One of three related images. See Next Image.]
Topics: Geologic time scale, Phanerozoic, Paleozoic, Stromatolite reef, Burgess Shale type fauna, Paradoxides, Wiwaxia, Burgess Shale, Trilobite, Cambrian, Cambrian explosion, Anomalocaris, Burgess Shale fossils