Conference on Walcott and the Burgess Shale

An international conference on the Cambrian explosion is in progress now in Banff, Alberta. Walcott 2009 was initiated to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the Burgess Shale by Charles Doolittle Walcott. The conference, running from August 3 to 8, will explore the amazing organismal, ecological and environmental changes that occurred during the Precambrian-Cambrian transition, otherwise known as the Cambrian Explosion.

Abstracts of all the presentations can be found here, while the remaining publically accessable keynote speakers are listed below:

The meetings are held at the Banff Centre, from August 4–6th, 2009. Banff, located about 125 km west of Calgary, Alberta, is one of the most scenic spots in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and is only 80 km away from the discovery site of the Burgess Shale (near Field, British Columbia).

The image above shows Charles Doolittle Walcott (1850-1927), Sidney Stevens Walcott (1892-1977), and Helen Breese Walcott (1894-1965) working at the Burgess Shale. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

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