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Gallery: Amazing Cambrian Fossils from Canada's Marble Canyon

Marble Canyon fossil site

Marble Canyon fossil site

(Image credit: Robert Gaines)

Cliffs in Marble Canyon, where a treasure trove of Cambrian fossils was discovered in 2012. The fossils are in the Burgess Shale, and rival the famed original Burgess Shale fossil site in diversity and preservation, according to the researchers who found the Marble Canyon locality. These cliffs are part of Canada's Kootenay National Park.

Leanchoilid fossil

leanchoilid fossil

(Image credit: Robert Gaines)

The fossil of a four-eyed arthropod called Leanchoilid from Canada's Marble Canyon, is also found in Cambrian-age rock in China.

Splendid find

marella fossil

(Image credit: Robert Gaines)

A Marrella splendens fossil. This strange arthropod had long spines and lacy appendages that may have helped it search for food on the seafloor.

Burgess Shale

Burgess Shale

(Image credit: Michael Streng)

A weathered outcrop of the Burgess Shale in Kootenay National Park hides extraordinary fossils.

Cutting fossils

Burgess Shale

(Image credit: Robert Gaines)

Researchers Michael Streng and Jean-Bernard Caron remove fossils with a rock saw. The first Burgess Shale fossils were removed with dynamite, in 1909.

Tools of the trade

Burgess Shale

(Image credit: Jean-Bernard Caron)

Rock samples and tools at the Kootenay National Park fossil site.

Happy fossil hunter

Burgess Shale

(Image credit: Jean-Bernard Caron)

Research Michael Streng holds a fossil from Marble Canyon.

Canadian Rockies

Burgess Shale outcrop map

(Image credit: Royal Ontario Museum)

The Burgess Shale is both a fossil location and a rock formation found throughout the Canadian Rockies.

Tiny feet?

Burgess Shale

(Image credit: Gabriela Mangano)

Trace fossils such as these are tracks or impressions left behind as animals move around on the seafloor.

Fossil worm

Burgess Shale

(Image credit: Jean-Bernard Caron)

A polychaete worm fossil from the Marble Canyon site in Kootenay National Park.

New species

Burgess Shale

(Image credit: Jean-Bernard Caron)

A new arthropod species discovered at the Marble Canyon outcrop.

Becky Oskin
Becky Oskin covers Earth science, climate change and space, as well as general science topics. Becky was a science reporter at Live Science and The Pasadena Star-News; she has freelanced for New Scientist and the American Institute of Physics. She earned a master's degree in geology from Caltech, a bachelor's degree from Washington State University, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz.