Aerial view showing Wapta Mountain with the main Burgess Shale sites

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The Royal Ontario Museum wishes to express its gratitude to the following individuals and organizations who contributed to the development of this learning resource: 

To Sarah Stauderman from the Smithsonian Institution Archives for allowing the use of images and text originating from the exhibition Beauty in service to Science, The Panoramas of Charles D. Walcott – a Smithsonian Institution Archives exhibit presented in 2003 at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. For more information on the panoramas, please visit:

To Erin Younger, the great grand-daughter of Charles Walcott, for allowing use of her family images.

To Elizabeth Kundert-Cameron from the Archives and Library of the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies for providing historical images from the Vaux family fond.

To Jaimie Miller at the University of British Columbia Rare Books & Special Collections (Irving K. Barber Learning Centre) for allowing archival access and support.

To Bob Kennell at the Canadian Pacific Archives for contributing historical images.

To Alexandre Béchard, student at the Collège Français in Toronto for testing the content of the learning activities.

To Doug Erwin from the Smithsonian Institution (National Museum of Natural History), and Jean Dougherty from the Geological Survey of Canada in Ottawa for images of fossils.

To Jilli and Lars Fields (Phlesch Bubble) for digital animations and Jacquie Jeanes for graphics.

Murielle Frenette-McCabe et Dominique Picouet, for French translation. 

Peter Fenton and Amanda Govan for inputing the Agora site

Publisher: Government of Canada, Department of Canadian Heritage, Canadian Heritage Information Network

Creator: Royal Ontario Museum

Date created: 2011-02-17 11:23:55

Date modified: 2011-08-11 04:28:09


Contributor(s): Bethany Kempster; Jacques Lavoie; Jean-Bernard Caron

Age Range:  

Grade 10 (secondaire 4): 14,15 years

Grade 11 (secondaire 5): 15,16 years

Grade 12 (CEGEP): 16,17 years


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