Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

2/13/2014 (6 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Researchers finding wealth of fossilized samples from breadth of species

A wealth of new fossilized treasures has been discovered in an unnamed, mountainous region in Canada. The exact location of the archaeological area is being kept secret in order to discourage amateur paleontologists from digging yup the area. The find is so significant; scientists say that the area could change what we know about animal evolution.

In Kootenay National Park, a new fossil site has been located that may one day surpass the significance of the Burgess Shale.

In Kootenay National Park, a new fossil site has been located that may one day surpass the significance of the Burgess Shale.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/13/2014 (6 months ago)

Published in Green

Keywords: Archaeology, Candad, secret, evolution, Burgess Shale, Kootenay National Park


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Researchers claim that the site will significantly increase our understanding of animals in the Cambrian period.

Yoho National Park's 505-million-year-old Burgess Shale - the site of some of Earth's earliest animals is one of the world's most important fossil sites.

Researchers say they are finding fossils at an "astonishing" rate.

Researchers say they are finding fossils at an "astonishing" rate.


Recent Burgess Shale discoveries include the confirmation that the Pikaia, found only in the park, is the most primitive known vertebrate and therefore the ancestor of all descendant vertebrates -- including humans.

More than a century after its discovery, a compelling addendum to the story has been added. Forty-two kilometers away in Kootenay National Park, a new fossil site has been located that may one day surpass the significance of the Burgess Shale.

While nearly 200 animal species had been identified at the original Yoho site in over 600 field days, in a mere 15 days of field collecting, 50 animal species have already been unearthed at the new site.

The remote location is being kept secret to avoid fossil hunters descending on it.

The remote location is being kept secret to avoid fossil hunters descending on it.


Discovered in the summer of 2012 by an international research team led by University of Toronto ecology and evolutionary biologist Jean-Bernard Caron, the new site is described in a paper released in Nature Communications. "This is an epic new chapter in a research story that began more than 100 years ago and there is no doubt in my mind that this new material will significantly increase our understanding of early animal evolution," Caron says.

"The rate at which we are finding animals - many of which are new - is astonishing, and there is a significant possibility that we'll eventually find more species here than at the original Yoho site, and potentially more than from anywhere else in the world."

A panoramic image of the area.

A panoramic image of the area.


Protected by the government of Canada, the exact location of the new site remains confidential to protect its integrity. Future visitor opportunities have not been ruled out.

"We were already aware of the presence of some Burgess Shale fossils in Kootenay National Park," research team member Robert Gaines of Pomona College, says.

The team is set to return to the area soon to continue their hunt.

The team is set to return to the area soon to continue their hunt.


"We had a hunch that if we followed the formation along the mountain topography into new areas with the right rock types, maybe, just maybe, we would get lucky - though we never in our wildest dreams thought we'd track down a motherlode like this.

"It didn't take us very long at all to realize that we had dug up something special.

"To me, the Burgess Shale is a grand tale in every way imaginable, and we are incredibly proud to be part of this new chapter and to keep the story alive and thriving in everyone's imagination."

Pope Francis calls for your 'prayer and action'...

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for August 2014
Refugees:
That refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes, may find a generous welcome and the protection of their rights.
Oceania: That Christians in Oceania may joyfully announce the faith to all the people of that region.



Comments


More Green

You'll never believe what these scientists found in space! Watch

Image of An artists rendering of the 300 light year long gas bubble that encloses our solar system.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A study published last month appears to suggest that our entire solar system is enclosed within a giant gas bubble. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The entire bubble is about 300 light years long (roughly 1,764,000,000,000,000 miles) and its walls are made of gas ... continue reading


UNITED NATIONS: Global warming could be irreversible Watch

Image of Ocean acidification, which comes from the added carbon absorbed by oceans, will also harm marine life, the report says.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

International experts say that for most intents and purposes, it's too late - global warming is real and could very well be irreversible. A draft of a new international science report released by the United Nations outlines the options that mankind has left. ... continue reading


Satellite confirms fears, ice sheets are melting fast Watch

Image of An artist's impression of Cryosat 2. The ESA mission has confirmed that massive ice sheets are melting fast.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The European environmental satellite Cryosat 2, has independently confirmed what scientists have been saying for some time - the ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland are melting. The blame for this melting is laid squarely on global warming and correlates with global ... continue reading


Safe, sane ways to get rid of pests - without poison Watch

Image of First off, the adage of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Those who keep pets face a special challenge: with pet food being readily available at all times, many homes with pets sometimes attracts mice and rats as well. These unwanted "pets," or more correctly pests, are usually done away with poisons - that frequently ... continue reading


NEANDERTHALS LIVED WITH MODERN MAN: Researchers say there is new evidence they interbred Watch

Image of It was a given scientific belief that Neanderthals were inferior in intelligence to modern humans, which led to their demise. New evidence has proven that they cooperated with each other, took care of the sick and elderly, carried out elaborate burial rituals and used symbolic language and art to express ideas.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It was previously believed that Neanderthals vanished instantaneously and didn't interact what would later become known as Modern Man. However, new evidence shows the wider population overlapped with present-day humans across Europe for up to 5,400 years before ... continue reading


ICE CAPS MELTING: Antarctica, Greenland losing ice mass rapidly Watch

Image of This data was the first to use information from the European Space Agency's CryoSat platform. The satellite was launched in 2010 with a sophisticated radar instrument specifically designed to measure the shape of the polar ice sheets.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

At times, it appears that the entire world will be submerged underwater in the space of a few years. Greenland is losing about 375 cubic kilometers of ice annually. Coupled with the discharges coming from Antarctica, Earth's two big ice sheets are now dumping ... continue reading


DISCOVERY SUGGESTS LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS: Ecosystems found in Arctic lakes surprises researchers Watch

Image of It came as a most welcome surprise, as scientists were not on a life-hunting expeditions. The indirect sampling process later raised questions about those results.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Arctic regions of our Earth, where there is very little marine or animal life seem at first incapable of sustaining organisms. However - recent discoveries at both Lake Vostok and Lake Whillans have uncovered healthy ecosystems of microbial life. According ... continue reading


Glacial retreat may halt Chinese dam projects Watch

Image of Tibetan glaciers supply hundreds of millions of people with water, and feed into rivers that run through China, India and much of Southeast Asia.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Tibetan plateau has become warmer over the past 50 years than at any stage in the last millennia, a Chinese newspaper reported. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - This report, published by the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, ... continue reading


Humans are doing WHAT? Watch

Image of A glacier in the Alps, one of the largest in the world.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A new study released on August 14 reports that man-made greenhouse gas emissions are the dominant cause of glacial melting in the Alps and Andes mountains. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The study, published in the journal Science, reveals that human emissions ... continue reading


NEW SPECIES: 'Graveyard' reveals 47 skeletons of new species of pterosaur Watch

Image of What separates the latest find from others of their species is that the pterosaur Caiuajara dobruskii had a large bony crest on the top of its head that changed from being small when it was young, to large and steep in adults.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A colony of previously unknown flying reptiles that lived around a desert lake in Brazil around 100 million years ago have been uncovered by scientists. The fossilized remains of at least 47 pterosaurs with wingspans ranging from two to eight feet, were ... continue reading


All Green News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Corinthians 2:1-5
1 Now when I came to you, brothers, I did not come ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 119:97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102
97 How I love your Law! I ponder it all day ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 4:16-30
16 He came to Nazara, where he had been brought up, ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 1st, 2014 Image

St. Giles, Abbot
September 1: St. Giles, Abbot (Patron of Physically Disabled) Feast day - ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter