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article imageNew fossil site could turn out to be the world's most important

By Megan Morreale     Feb 11, 2014 in Science
A new fossil site discovered in Kootenay National Park is part of an epic expedition that led to a collection of thousands of animals, representing more than 50 species.
This new Marble Canyon fossil site is located just 42 kilometers away from Yoho National Park's 505 million-year-old Burgess Shale.
The expedition team from the Royal Ontario Museum found the new cite on a hunch, which led them to discover a large variety of fossils. Several of the 50 species found in this expedition were new to science, and are making a large contribution to the field.
“This new discovery is an epic sequel to a research story that began at the turn of the previous century,” Dr. Jean-Bernard Caron, Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology at the Royal Ontario Museum told the Global News. “There is no doubt in my mind that this new material will significantly increase our understanding of early animal evolution.”
The new site is protected by Parks Canada, who will keep the new location private in order to protect its security. There may be an opportunity for guided tours through the site later in the future.
The team found the fossil trove through a hunch that had them follow new rock types further into the mountains, the [i]Toronto Sun[/i] reported.
This latest discovery is described in the latest edition of [i]Nature Communication[/i], a prestigious academic journal.
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