On April 16th, we'll hangout with Dr. Jean-Bernard Caron and chat about his new discovery in Kootenay National Park. This new fossil assemblage is about the same age as the famous Burgess Shale deposit in Yoho National Park, and has the potential to become at least as significant. Since it was discovered by Charles Walcott in 1909, the Burgess Shale has remained the main source of information about Cambrian marine life – animals that lived about 505 million years ago.
The new Kootenay site is comparable to the Walcott Quarry in its exceptional diversity and abundance of fossils, and especially for the quality of preservation of soft-bodied animals – animals usually too fragile to fossilize well or at all. It contains many new fossil species not known to science. Jean-Bernard will talk about what this discovery means for science, how this changes our knowledge of the Cambrian explosion, the evolution of life on earth and what can be learned from these extraordinary animals. Join us on April 16th for this hangout and ask questions through the Q&A function or via twitter with #AskROM