Education & Infographics
Cambrian Life the Explosion
A short animation that examines some of the creatures of the Cambrian Explosion and the questions that arose from their discovery.
Cambrian lifeforms remain perplexing to modern paleontology. The explosion of animal lifeforms that occurred at this point in Earth's history remains an evolutionary mystery. Various hypotheses have been put forward to try and account for the sudden appearance of most animal phyla at this time - but no agreement has yet been reached. After billions of years of single-cellular evolution why did animals suddenly appear in the Cambrian fossil horizons?