Discovery of the first fossils

At the same time, a group of CPR construction workers and engineers migrated into the area around the nearby village of Field, at the foot of Mount Stephen, to build the palatial Mount Stephen House. It was at this time that key fossils (now considered to belong to the same formation as the Burgess Shale) would be discovered on Mount Stephen by local labourers, catching the attention of GSC geologists working in the area and eventually of Charles Walcott.

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