Chengjiang

One of the highlighted Konservat-Lagerst├Ątten in my Rise of Animals post is Chengjiang (a.k.a. the Maotianshan Shales). While Burgess has the historical significance, in terms of importance and potential, Chengjiang is arguably more important (see Shu, 2008).

The Eckfeld Maar Fossil Locality

One of the most impressive insect fossil localities is the Eckfeld Maar. The Eckfeld locality is actually a fossilised maar of the Eifel Mountains, Germany. Beneath the lake sediments lies a breccia layer, including basaltic fragments, meaning an easy argon dating opportunity: the bottom, i.e. oldest age of the sediments …