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Astonishing fossil site found

A team of researchers has discovered what they're calling an astonishing fossil site in a B.C. mountain park that has revealed never-before-seen species from half a billion years ago.

The team from Canada, the United States and Sweden made the discovery in Kootenay National Park, about 200 kilometres west of Calgary, two years ago and have just published their findings.

The fossils were located south of the renowned Yoho National Park Burgess Shale site, and Jean-Bernard Caron of the Royal Ontario Museum says the new discovery is akin to a sister site.

After just two weeks of field research, Caron and his team identified 50 species, including at least 12 that were new.

Caron says researchers will be able to learn more about early animal evolution, allowing them to compare their findings with similar sites around the world to get a better picture of what life was like 500 million years ago.

The precise location of the fossil site is being kept secret to protect the fossils.

The Canadian Press

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