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Burgess Shale is a rock layer in the Rocky Mountains. It’s about 540 million years old and contains evidence of the world’s first complex life dating from the Cambrium. UNESCO is recognising the significance of the Burgess Shale.
Stephen Jay Gould’s book Wonderful Life, published in 1989, brought the Burgess Shale fossils to the public’s attention. Gould suggests that the extraordinary diversity of the fossils indicate that life forms at the time were much more diverse than those that survive today, and that many of the unique lineages were evolutionary experiments that became extinct.