Name: The Soom Shale
The Soom Shale is a Konservat-Lagerstatte. This means a deposit where the fossils show exceptional preservation. They occur in environments where no bioturbation or scavenging took place, and can sometimes bypass decay and decomposition. They are likely to be deposited in anoxic conditions, where quick preservation can occur on a local scale.
Section author: Tim Coussens
Last updated: 20/11/02
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