Quebecer fined $20,000 after 45 fossils stolen from Burgess Shale, Parks Canada says

Quebecer fined $20,000 after 45 fossils stolen from Burgess Shale, Parks Canada says

A Quebec resident has been fined $20,000 for taking 45 fossils from three nationwide parks within the Rocky Mountains, together with an internationally identified fossil website.


Parks Canada says in a information launch that park wardens in Lake Louise, Alta., acquired a tip in 2020 from a member of the general public about fossils being faraway from the Burgess Shale, a big fossil website.

An investigation that summer time and fall led to a search warrant by Quebec wardens and police at a house within the Montreal space in November 2020.

Officers say that search recovered 45 fossils, which have been recognized by an knowledgeable from the Royal Ontario Museum as originating from websites in Jasper, Yoho, and Kootenay nationwide parks.

They are saying a lot of the fossils got here from the Burgess Shale Marble Canyon Quarry, an space not accessible to the general public, in Kootenay Nationwide Park in B.C.

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The person, whom Parks Canada has not recognized, pleaded responsible to 2 fees in a Cranbrook, B.C., court docket final month and was required to return the fossils, pay the positive and serve a five-month conditional sentence that features a curfew.

“That is the biggest positive that has been levied up to now for the elimination of fossils from the Burgess Shale and demonstrates the seriousness of the offence and the significance of this website,” Parks Canada stated Thursday in a information launch.

The Burgess Shale is extensively often called some of the important fossil websites on the earth. It accommodates fossil proof of a number of the earliest animals that existed within the oceans greater than 505 million years in the past and was designated a UNESCO world heritage website in 1980.

A fossil website close to Stanley Glacier in Kootenay Nationwide Park was present in 1989 by researchers with the Royal Ontario Museum.

The Marble Canyon quarry was found in 2012 and greater than 10,000 specimens have been recovered from that website by researchers.

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