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There are lots of web-sites out there about the Cambrian explosion, particularly the Burgess Shale.
Here are a few links to get you started:
University of California Berkeley Museum
, information about the Cambrian period.
Cambrian explosion website
, excellent 3D computer models of pre-post Cambrian animals.
The Yoho National Park, Canada
, home of the Burgess Shale.
The Burgess Shale foundation
, information on the Burgess Shale, and joining the Foundation.
Burgess Shale virtual exhibit
, at the Tyrrell Museum, Canada.
The UCB Museum geological time machine
, jump to information about any geological time period.
This report was written by Abby Lane and was last updated on 20th January 1999