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Massive New Cambrian-Era Fossil Bed Found 108

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jfbilodeau sends word of a massive new trove of fossils located in Canada, which scientists say will rival the acclaimed Burgess Shale fossil bed. The rock formation inside which both fossil sites were found is roughly 505 million years old (abstract). The fossils provide insight into the Cambrian explosion, a time that brought the rapid appearance and diversification of many animal forms. "In just two weeks, the research team collected more than 3,000 fossils representing 55 species. Fifteen of these species are new to science." Paleontologist Jean-Bernard Caron said, "The rate at which we are finding animals — many of which are new — is astonishing, and there is a high possibility that we'll eventually find more species here than at the original Yoho National Park site, and potentially more than from anywhere else in the world." The fossils at the new site are about 100,000 years younger and are better preserved than those at the renowned Burgess shale site.
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Massive New Cambrian-Era Fossil Bed Found

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  • Unknown species (Score:5, Interesting)

    by symes (835608) on Tuesday February 11, 2014 @04:13PM (#46221291) Journal

    I am not a paleontologist and was surprised that 15 of the 55 species found were previously unknown. I really thought we knew more. Is it possible that a significant find could radically change the way we think of the past?

  • Re:It's the devil (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Charliemopps (1157495) on Tuesday February 11, 2014 @04:34PM (#46221583)

    No, you got trolled.

    Most Christians believe in evolution. Even the fundamentalist ones. But only the loud and idiotic get on TV so now we have a christian stereotype. I believe in God and I don't presume to tell him how he went about creating the universe. In my opinion science is the method by which we understand God.

    As far as the literal interpretation of the Bible goes... I've never really thought any religion, especially Christianity, intended for entire professions to be wrapped up in deciphering their holy works word for word to find hidden meanings. The Bible gives a pretty clear and definitive guide to being a good person. If someone needs to spend half an hour flipping from page to page to show me the clues to that lead them to believe some secret truth held there-in I usually just write them off as having way too much time on their hands. I know I'm a good person and have faith that God agrees with me. After I'm dead, if I find out Gods as big of a Jerk as these people have been claiming all along, well I don't want to hang out with him anyway. And if I find out there is no God... well I guess I wont find out will I? So it doesn't matter.

  • Re:It's the devil (Score:3, Interesting)

    by WindBourne (631190) on Tuesday February 11, 2014 @05:26PM (#46222275) Journal

    As someone placed in the Christian faith not by my choice, it bugs me when folks use "Christian" as a descriptor to mean "I do what I want, how I want, in the name of Christianity". Folks like that have no issue treating certain other folks badly, all in the name of some misguided (my opinion) understanding of certain phrases.

    Personally, I find it interesting that men like Lincoln ran around saying that they hoped that they were doing what god wanted, while working hard to be good, while men like reagan and W ran around saying that they knew that god backed them in what they did and that it was all good, in spite of the lies, deceit, and thousands/millions (respectively) that were murdered in all of their invasions.

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