Dr. Jean-Bernard Caron takes viewers behind the scenes to see the new Marble Canyon fossil specimens as they are unpacked, prepared and stored at the Royal Ontario Museum. He also shows examples of fossils that will be displayed in the Dawn of Life Gallery. Click here to view the videos, uploaded courtesy of The Globe and Mail.
Educational Programs and Guided Hikes information is up to date and so is the 2015 guided hikes brochure.
During the winter months, the office hours are limited. Please use the contact page to submit questions.
Click on our Facebook link on the left to see photos from our guided hikes and outreach programs. (No need to have an account or login.)
Would you like to experience the Burgess Shale, but don't have the time to make one of the guided hikes? The easy and informative Geo-Walk program starts up again in June 2015. Geared for all ages and abilities, it is a great alternative to the full-day guided hikes.
Here's a 2015 reading recommendation. Four Billion Years and Counting: Canada's Geological Heritage describes the geological history of Canada and how the geology of Canada impacts the way we live. Take a close look at any one of our modern conveniences and there's a connection to geology: the metals and quartz mineral in a wristwatch, the plastics in appliances and the fossil fuels in the gas tanks of our vehicles. Geological processes are behind natural hazards such as earthquakes and landslides.
Aug. 21, 2014 Update on ROM's discovery of soft-bodied Burgess Shale-type fossils in Kootenay National Park
The CBC visited the new fossil site on August 21. View the video.
Wonderfully preserved specimens of Metaspriggina from the Marble Canyon site have allowed Conway Morris and Caron to redescribe this very early fish and to interpret clues about the early evolution of fish.
The award winning Burgess Shale on-line exhibition was launched by the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and Parks Canada as part of the Virtual Museum of Canada. The website provides animations, an extensive fossil gallery, links to information about current research, and information created for teachers. There's a great breadth and depth of information about the organisms and the environment in which they thrived, half a billion years ago.