New fossil bed found by scientists hailed as ‘motherlode’

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Scientists say a recently located fossil site on the Alberta-B.C. border is already yielding major new discoveries about early animal evolution.

The Marble Canyon fossil beds were located in 2012 by a team of Canadian, U.S. and Swedish researchers in Kootenay National Park, about 40 kilometres from the 505-million-year-old Burgess Shale in YohoNational Park — which is considered one of the most important fossil fields in the world.

In a paper published Tuesday in the scientific journal Nature Communications, researchers reveal they unearthed 50 animal species in just 15 days exploring the new site.

“The rate at which we are finding animals — many of which are new — is astonishing, and there is a high possibility that we’ll eventually find more species here than at the original Yoho National Park site, and potentially more than from anywhere else in the world,” said the Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) Jean-Bernard Caron, who led the team.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. The Marble Canyon fossil beds were located in 2012 by a team of Canadian, U.S. and Swedish researchers in Kootenay National Park, about 40 kilometres from the 505-million-year-old Burgess Shale in YohoNational Park — which is considered one of the most important fossil fields in the world.

    If this is anything like as productive as the Burgess Shale site, it is an absolute treasure trove of fossil evidence.

  2. The timing of the release of this story makes me suspicious, perhaps as little darling YEC Ken did so badly in his debate, one of the many gods has suddenly put this old fossill bed there to confuse us and test our faith. Surely this can’t really be a wonderful scientific discovery that looks to have countless years of interesting investigation left in it.

  3. Can we dig them up and sell them on eBay? I don’t have a rock saw. Anybody have a rock saw? If anybody knows how to use dynamite that could come in handy, too. Of course, you’d have to bring your own supplies, because I don’t have any.

  4. Fantastic video on the source article site.

    I really would like Ken Ham to take a two week holiday there with the archaeologists. The place just looks so old. Chipping away rock to find impressions of ancient living creatures just blows the mind. You don’t need to be a scientist to appreciate the ages and ages needed to produce such an imprint.

    • In reply to #8 by GPWC:

      Fantastic video on the source article site.

      I really would like Ken Ham to take a two week holiday there with the archaeologists. The place just looks so old. Chipping away rock to find impressions of ancient living creatures just blows the mind. You don’t need to be a scientist to appreciate the age

      Agreed. I would love to ask Ken Ham and his ilk “OK, do you agree that these are fossils of once-living plants & animals ? Some seem to be close relatives of current animals who live on the ocean floor ? Please explain how they came to be where they are, in 6,000 years. What process caused them to be fossilised in these rocks, and the rocks moved from the seabed to these mountains so far inland, in 6,000 years ?. Please explain what killed off so many of these such that we don’t find any bones or fossils more recent, and no living relatives. “

      • In reply to #10 by rod-the-farmer:

        In reply to #8 by GPWC:

        Fantastic video on the source article site.

        I really would like Ken Ham to take a two week holiday there with the archaeologists. The place just looks so old. Chipping away rock to find impressions of ancient living creatures just blows the mind. You don’t need to be a scie…

        Ken Ham isn’t looking for fossil rabbits; he wasn’t there…, remember? When there is no agreement about how we establish facts there can be no sufficient argument in debate. When you know nothing, how do you distinguish between simplification and falsification? (logic unavailable).

        This won’t even register on his periscope.

        The video features mostly aerial views of canyons and a bloke splitting shale. At the end there’s a long zoom in to just before you can distinguish a fossil outline…, then it cuts to something less relevant. It’s rubbish.

      • In reply to #10 by rod-the-farmer:

        In reply to #8 by GPWC:

        Fantastic video on the source article site.

        I really would like Ken Ham to take a two week holiday there with the archaeologists. The place just looks so old. Chipping away rock to find impressions of ancient living creatures just blows the mind. You don’t need to be a scie…

        Well you see, “I have this book” lol lol

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