Image from Burgess Shale Expedition video (ROM/YouTube)
Scientists looking for fossils in Kootenay National Park in British Columbia struck the motherlode! In only 15 days of exploration, the research team uncovered 50 animal species. This treasure trove of fossils are arthropods — animals that have an exoskeleton (external skeleton), a segmented body and jointed appendages. Modern-day arthropods include butterflies, spiders, scorpions and lobsters.
Some of the park’s unearthed fossils are so well preserved that scientists are now able to study tiny exoskeletal details never before seen by the naked eye!