The Burgess Shale

The Intriguing Fossils

“I had some time to myself last evening, and so took up thy report on the Burgess Fossil bed. I was most interested in the wonderful fossils, and hope I may, some time, have an opportunity to see them. We have some very beautiful trilobites from Mt Stephen, that we got before the location was so much patronized, but they are only the common ones. How much we pass by, owing to our lack of knowledge in recognizing the value of what we see.”

Letter to Charles Walcott, 4-1-1912

Mount Field from trail to Fossil Bed, British Columbia, 1901.
Mount Field from trail to Fossil Bed, British Columbia, 1901.
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Unidentified man looking at rock (for fossils?), Field, British Columbia, 1900.
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