Walcott's notebook: The discoveries

Charles Walcott's field notebook showing sketches of Marrella, Waptia, Naraoia and Vauxia

In his 1909 field notebook Charles Walcott mentioned the discovery of soft-bodied fossils from the "Stephen Formation" (today's Burgess Shale). Here he sketched fossils depicting three arthropods and one sponge. The sketch on the top left, would later be known as Marrella splendens.

Photo: Brian Boyle

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