Treasure trove of ‘absolutely wonderful,’ never-before-seen fossils uncovered in B.C.

National Post | News

VANCOUVER — An international team of researchers has uncovered a treasure trove of fossils dating back half a billion years in a mountain park in British Columbia — a discovery that could help further explain the evolution of life.

The team from Canada, the United States and Sweden made the discovery in Kootenay National Park, about 200 kilometres west of Calgary, during the summer of 2012. They have just published their findings in the scientific journal Nature Communications.

The discovery is south of Yoho National Park’s 505-million-year-old Burgess Shale, which was discovered more than 100 years ago and has been described as one of the world’s most important fossil sites.

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Jean-Bernard Caron / Handout Jean-Bernard Caron / Handout

After just two weeks at the Kootenay National Park site, the researchers identified 50 individual species, including about 12 that had never been seen before, which Jean-Bernard Caron hopes is just the beginning.


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