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

Summer 2014 Guided Hike Schedule

Please phone our toll-free number 1-800-343-3006 Monday through Friday between 9am-noon and 1-4pm MDT to register for a guided hike to the Mt Stephen Fossil Beds, the guided hike to the Walcott Quarry or the Climate Change in the Rockies guided hike.

Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre special guided hikes to fossil sites

CMAGS (Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre) has booked hikes:

  • Thursday August 7 Mt Stephen Fossil Beds
  • Thursday August 14 Walcott Quarry
  • Thursday August 28 Walcott Quarry

Fees are lower than the regular price for the Walcott Quarry hikes. CMAGS members qualify for a further discount.
Please contact CMAGS to register by phone (403) 678-2462 Noon-5pm seven days a week, or click to open their contact form.

Geo-Walks take place 10:00am and 2:30pm every Tuesday & Thursday

Geo-Walk
Would you like to experience the Burgess Shale, but don't have the time to make the hike? Join us for an easy and informative Geo-Walk, followed by a hands-on fossil extraction activity. Drop-in participants are welcome.

Update on ROM's discovery of soft-bodied Burgess Shale-type fossils in Kootenay National Park

Wonderfully preserved specimens of Metaspriggina from the Marble Canyon site have allowed Conway Morris and Caron to redescribe this very early fish and to interpret clues about the early evolution of fish.
Listen to an interview with Simon Conway Morris from the June 14, 2014 episode of CBC Quirks & Quarks.

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 http://youview360.ca/BurgessShale/

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.

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!