MONTHLY MEETING: Some New Discoveries in the Burgess Shale

Tuesday, September 12 2017 at 7:30 PM

More than a century after the discovery of the Burgess Shale, another massive fossil bed has been located nearby in the Canadian Rockies. The Burgess Shale is one of the world’s most important fossil sites because it contains Earth’s earliest animals. When these fossils were formed, the Burgess Shale was an underwater reef; today, the fossils are located 2,300 meters above sea level in a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site in Yoho National Park.

The new find was made in the summer of 2012 in Kootenay National Park, about 40 km away from the original site. Since its discovery, the “Marble Canyon” fossil beds have yielded extraordinary specimens that scientists are using to understand the sudden explosion of animal life 505 million years ago.

These new fossil discoveries are the topic of guest speaker SFU biologist Joan Sharp at the Tuesday September 12th meeting of the Burke Mountain Naturalists.

In the church hall of Como Lake United Church, corner of Marmont Avenue and King Albert Street in Coquitlam. Free and all are welcome. For a map, please click here. For more information, please call 604-937.5379.

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