Canada is know for many things, including hockey, maple syrup, free health care and Tim Hortons donuts. But the Great White North is also known for the incredible wealth of fossils that it contains. Researchers discovered the Burgess Shale in Canada way back in 1909, a large fossil field that contains preserved organisms dating back to the Middle Cambrian period, some 500 million years ago.
But even Burgess Shale aint got nothin' on this!
As reported by I F'ing Love Science, a new site dubbed Marble Canyon has just been discovered by paleontologists, which is just a stone's throw away from Burgess Shale. Though they've only been digging at the site for a couple weeks, they've already unearthed what's being described as a treasure trove of fossils, including many new specimens that had never previously been discovered.
The exact location of the site has not yet been released, but researchers believe it will teach them a whole lot about the Cambrian explosion, when life on Earth first began to diversify.
Hooray for science!