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May 30, 2019

The early Cambrian period marks one of the most spectacular evolutionary events in the history of life. Within ten million years, a very short period geologically, a host of hard-bodies animals appeared in the fossil record. Trilobites, archaeocyathids (cone-shaped cre...

May 9, 2019

A spectacular submarine cliff over 100 metres high - the Cathedral Escarpment- marked the front of of the algal limestones of the Cathedral Formation. The Cathedral Escarpment was initially thought to be a product of prolific algal growth and sediment accumulation duri...

May 2, 2019

If you are booked to come on one of our hikes or are just interested in the Burgess Shale, here are some great resources to help you learn more. 

A Geoscience Guide to the Burgess Shale - This easy-to-read illustrated guide immerses the reader in the history, geolo...

April 18, 2019

This picture with fossil ridge in the back ground, is where the Walcott Fossil Quarry is located.  As you will read below, it is a great example of shaly rocks in the lower portion and cleaner carbonates above.

After the deposition of the Gog Group, as discussed in...

April 3, 2019

An undescribed species of Leanchoilia, an arthropod, from the Qingjiang fossil site.

Credit: FU ET AL

A newly discovered fossil site in China is a treasure trove for paleontologists studying the Cambrian explosion, when life on Earth suddenly and massively expanded in di...

March 21, 2019

Those of you not wearing a bathing suit and a life preserver would be ill prepared if you somehow found yourself in Yoho National Park in the Cambrian. Beginning in the Early Cambrian (~544 million years ago), sea levels rose and flooded coastal regions of ancient Nort...

February 19, 2019

The world was a very different place in the Cambrian time period, when animals of the Burgess Shale were thriving in tropical oceans. The Cambrian world map looked very different to that of today. The majority of land mass was located in the southern hemisphere and anc...

February 6, 2019

If you have difficulty conceiving of a million years, much less more than four billion, try imagining over 4.5 billion years of geologic time compressed into one year. Each day would represent a little more than 12 million years and the following significant days would...

December 5, 2018

Who wants to see beautiful photography of fossil sites in the Canadian Rockies?  We sure do! Photographer John Lehmann has some stunning images published in this article where he captures Jean Bernard Caron's field crew excavating fossils. 

Photograph by John Lehma...

November 30, 2018

 (PHOTO) JOHN LEHMANN; (FOSSIL) ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM

Science magazine just published a great article about some of the newest Burgess Shale fossil finds in Kootenay National Park. In the above photo Jean-Bernard Caron shows off the "mothership," an enigmatic Cambrian li...

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