Burgess Shale Website

Posted by Daniel on Jan 25, 2012

Another website alert.

The Burgess Shale is a quarry located in Yoho National Park high above the community of Field. It is one of the most important fossil finds anywhere in the world, a status attested to in 1980 when UNESCO declared it a world heritage site.

Discovered in 1909, the shale contains fossils of fantastic sea creatures dating back half a billion years when these mountaintops were actually the floor of an ancient sea. To help wrap your head around this strange phenomenon, the Royal Ontario Museum and Parks Canada have partnered to build this site describing the shale.

Visit it here.