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University of Toronto
Royal Ontario Museum
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Systematic paleontology, quantitative community analysis and paleoecology of the “Cambrian Explosion.”
The “Cambrian Explosion” is arguably one of the most important evolutionary events in the history of life with the appearance of most animal groups. The explosion of bilaterians, representing most animals, is only well documented in the fossil record in Cambrian rocks starting 530 Ma.
My study focuses on exceptional fossil deposits for the preservation (mostly non-biomineralized organisms), abundance and diversity of organisms: these include principally the Burgess Shale (Middle Cambrian, Canada ), and the Chengjiang biota (Lower Cambrian, China ).
The Royal Ontario Museum possesses the largest collection of Burgess Shale material in the world with over 150,000 specimens. This collection forms an important basis for my research.
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