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Researchers discover 'epic' new Burgess Shale site in Canada's Kootenay National Park

February 11, 2014

Jean-Bernard Caron at work in Yoho National Park Yoho National Park's 505-million-year-old Burgess Shale--home to some of the planet's earliest animals, including a very primitive human relative--is one of the world's most important fossil sites. Now, more than a century after its discovery, a compelling sequel has been unearthed: 42 kilometers away in Kootenay National Park, a new Burgess Shale fossil site has been located that appears to equal the importance of the original discovery, and may one day even surpass it. Full Story

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