Discovery of the Burgess Shale Fossils

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  1. Christian

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    On this day in history, August 30, 1909...

    Charles Doolittle Walcott discovered the Burgess Shale fossils in the Canadian Rockies of British Columbia, Canada. The find was significant because it challenges Darwin's theory of evolutionary progression in two different ways. For one, it demonstrates a sudden appearance of life in the Cambrian period, rather than a gradual step-by-step as proposed by Darwin. For another, it showed that the manner of evolution (i.e., natural selection) seemed to play no role in the development of life, because there was again an abrupt appearance of complex animals.