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The Smithsonian Guide to 12 “Evotourism” Hot Spots

BC's Burgess Shale, one of the Smithsonian's Evotourism sites. Photo by Daniel Arndt.

We’ve seen our share of niche travel sites and guides—a website for California dog lovers, the Chocolate Travel Guide, a blog about amusement parks, mobile surfing apps—but this is a first.

The Smithsonian recently launched a guide to important evolutionary sites around the world, called Evotourism. The service points the user to “places and discoveries that figure in the science of evolution or offer eye-opening evidence of the process of natural selection”. It includes in-depth descriptions as well as photos, videos and some how-to information.

The dozen destinations on six continents include the Galapagos Islands, Kangaroo Island in Australia, and California’s La Brea Tar Pits.

The single Canadian destination included is the Burgess Shale in British Columbia, a 542-million-year-old site (50 miles west of Banff) with a multitude of impressively preserved fossils from the Cambrian period (Paleozoic Era), where previously unknown species are still being discovered.


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