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Face to Face: Discovery of a new geologist's paradise

Dr. Jean-Bernard Caron collecting fossils

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Join Dr. Jean-Bernard Caron to hear about the recent fossil discoveries from the Burgess Shale and his goals for the 2014 field research season.

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 kilometres 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.

The find was made in the summer of 2012 by a team from the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM, Jean-Bernard Caron), Pomona College (Robert Gaines), the University of Toronto (Jean-Bernard Caron, Cédric Aria), the University of Saskatchewan (Gabriela Mángano) and Uppsala University (Michael Streng).

ROM Media Release

ROMblog by Dr. Jean-Bernard Caron


ROM's Digital Gallery, Level 1

Please meet in Chen court at 10:50 pm.

Bloor Street (main entrance)


Dr. Jean-Bernard Caron, Curator, Invertebrate Palaeontology



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