Cambrian animals: Early complex animals at our doorstep

Anomalocaris reconstruction

22 November 2018–30 April 2019

10am - 5pm daily
North Foyer



The Cambrian Period represents a vital chapter in the history of marine animals, as this is when most of the major groups of animals first appear in the fossil record.

For 11 years researchers from the South Australian Museum have been visiting Emu Bay at Kangaroo Island to explore how complex life on Earth evolved over 550 million years ago.

The new Cambrian animals display uncovers the minute details of an ancient marine world. It shows how the first predators came into existence and even contains fossils of their eyes! Come and see it for yourself on the ground floor of the Museum.

Image: Anomalocaris reconstruction by Katrina Kenny and University of Adelaide