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The latest news and updates from the Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation!

Summer 2014 Guided Hike Registration

Registration for guided hikes during the summer of 2014 will commence on February 10th, 2014.

Burgess Shale Virtual Tour

The Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of virtual tours of the Walcott Quarry, Mount Stephen Trilobite Beds and various other locations that are of importance to the Burgess Shale fossil discovery.

The virtual tours are available at

A big thanks to Rick Lichtenauer for creating these virtual tours!

Isotelus rex - the world's largest trilobite

Check out the Burgess Shale's replica of the world's largest trilobite measuring approximately 100 cm long by 51 cm wide. Below is an excerpt from an article written when it was found in 1998.

The giant trilobite represents a new species of the genus Isotelus. Elias notes: "This remarkable discovery adds to our knowledge of biodiversity following the Ordovician evolutionary radiation, one of the greatest diversifications in the history of life. The huge species existed just before the end of the Ordovician Period, when Isotelus and many but not all other trilobites disappeared in a great mass extinction. Studies of these events help us understand more about global environmental changes and their effects on the biosphere."

Royal Ontario Museum On-Line Exhibition

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and Parks Canada have launched their Burgess Shale on-line exhibition, as part of the Virtual Museum of Canada. The website provides, for the first time ever, an immersive journey into the world of the bizarre prehistoric creatures that formed the foundation for all animal life on Earth half a billion years ago.

Windermere School group from Vancouver visits the Burgess Shale

Students from the Windermere Leadership program graduating class of 2012 were given the opportunity to embark on a wonderful journey to the Rocky Mountains. The group drove 9 hours from Vancouver, British Columbia to Yoho National Park, along with three adult sponsors. The group camped 4 nights in various locations and was given a once in a life time opportunity to go up to the Burgess Shale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Cambrian Explosion Song by John Palmer

Check out this great song about the Cambrian Explosion performed by Brighter Lights, Thicker Glasses.

A Lifelong Dream Realized

A lifelong dream to see the Burgess Shale was realized on Friday September, 3rd 2010 by Richard and Janet Selby. Congratulations!

BSGF wins CSPG President’s Special Recognition Award

Randle Robertson receiving the CSPG President’s Special Recognition AwardThe CSPG President’s Special Recognition Award has been presented only a few times in the history of the Society. The award is given to those individuals or organizations who are not members of our profession and yet, through their sustained effort, have brought great honour and distinction to the geoscience community. On Thursday, June 5th, at the CSPG Technical Luncheon at the Telus Convention Centre, the award was presented to Randle Robertson by Colin Yeo, the CSPG President, and Ian McIlreath, Randle’s nominator.

The citation for Randle Robertson’s award reads as follows: