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Temporal range: Middle Cambrian
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Genus: Habelia
Walcott, 1912
Species: H. optata

Habelia is an enigmatic genus of extinct arthropod from the Middle Cambrian. Its fossils have been found in the Burgess Shale in British Columbia, Canada. Fifty-four specimens of Habelia are known from the Greater Phyllopod bed, where they comprise 0.1% of the community.[1]


  1. ^ Caron, Jean-Bernard; Jackson, Donald A. (October 2006). "Taphonomy of the Greater Phyllopod Bed community, Burgess Shale". PALAIOS. 21 (5): 451–65. JSTOR 20173022. doi:10.2110/palo.2003.P05-070R. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Invertebrate Palaeontology & Evolution by Euan Neilson Kerr Clarkson
  • Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History by Stephen Jay Gould

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