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Found 121 results

  1. Bone 4?

    I am new to the group but would like to post 4 items for possible identification, I will do as separate posts just guessing that is best. These were given in an estate, probably collected in Tennessee knowing the person but not absolute by any means. All very interesting and just want to know what they might be.
  2. Bone 3

    I am new to the group but would like to post 4 items for possible identification, I will do as separate posts just guessing that is best. These were given in an estate, probably collected in Tennessee knowing the person but not absolute by any means. All very interesting and just want to know what they might be.
  3. Bone 2

    I am new to the group but would like to post 4 items for possible identification, I will do as separate posts just guessing that is best. These were given in an estate, probably collected in Tennessee knowing the person but not absolute by any means. All very interesting and just want to know what they might be.
  4. 4 possible Dino bones - Bone 1??

    I am new to the group but would like to post 4 items for possible identification, I will do as separate posts just guessing that is best. These were given in an estate, probably collected in Tennessee knowing the person but not absolute by any means. All very interesting and just want to know what they might be.
  5. North Of The Border: Ooltewah, TN

    Yesterday, my folks and I decided to head to Ooltewah to get access to property with Missisipian (I think, don't know the formations there by name) marine fauna. It was only a slightly longer drive than it took to get to Chatsworth or Dalton, being maybe 1000 feet north of the GA-TN border. We parked in a big gravelly lot. The first impressions upon arriving were promising: As I expected, we saw this sign on one of the logs leading into the place: With this, the first order of business was clear: finding the owner to ask permission (as always (couldn't find contact info on the internet)). There was a house that was right next to the parking area, so we tried knocking. Nobody home. We then spotted the sign of a taxidermist that was either the owner or their neighbor. So we walked up the road and then up the taxidermist's driveway to go talk to him, and found him prepping some deer skulls. We explained to him that we had heard that the quarry he was next to was a fossil hotspot according to you guys on the forum. He told us that this wasn't new to him or his uncle, who owned the quarry in question. He called his uncle to tell him about us and was very generous to let us in. Before we started, the uncle showed up in his white truck and we had a nice long conversation, with him telling us about university classes coming through the area to hunt the quarry quite regularly, and that a certain group of people had even discovered a few 300 or so year-old native graves with glass lids. All in all, both were very polite and I recommend getting to know them if you do drop by the area. With permissions out of the way, it was time to get to the good part: the hunt. The area was huge, and in the biggest cliff I saw what looked like 5 distinct formations exposed (names/ages pls?). The uncle told us that the best stuff was at the top of the cliff up a shirt dirt road that led to the top, so after a minute or two of looking at what I believe were concretions, I ventured up the road while my step-grandfather stayed below to search. On my way to the top, I saw what I thought at first were a large industrial screws or bolts that had severely. After I saw a few more, I decided to pick a few up: It was only upon looking at the end of these "bolts" that I realized they were bits of Crinoid stem, and then I picked up the one on the far right (is it a bryozoan? I remember seeing a piece like it on FOTM). After seeing 1, I couldn't help but see what must have been thousands of columnals Covering the ground. There were so many of these columnals that you would've needed to be a ninja to not inadvertently step on some while walking around. After We had collected a good amount of marine material, I explored an area where a darker formation was exposed, but didn't find anything in it.
  6. I have this unknown fossil or ?

    I found this fossil on the Elk River in Tennessee. Any help identifying would be appreciated . Thanks
  7. First report of prehistoric peccaries from Gray Fossil Site WJHL, News Channel 11 Staff December 20, 2018 https://www.wjhl.com/local/first-report-of-prehistoric-peccaries-from-gray-fossil-site/1669081173 East Tennessee scientists ID extinct peccary species East Tennessee State University scientists have discovered the remains of two different extinct species of ancient peccaries at the Gray Fossil Site. WRCBtv http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/39690109/east-tennessee-scientists-id-extinct-peccary-species The paper is: Doughty, E.M., Wallace, S.C., Schubert, B.W. and Lyon, L.M., 2018. First occurrence of the enigmatic peccaries Mylohyus elmorei and Prosthennops serus from the Appalachians: latest Hemphillian to Early Blancan of Gray Fossil Site, Tennessee. PeerJ, 6, p.e5926. https://peerj.com/articles/5926/ Another paper is; Samuels, J.X., Bredehoeft, K.E. and Wallace, S.C., 2018. A new species of Gulo from the Early Pliocene Gray Fossil Site (Eastern United States); rethinking the evolution of wolverines. PeerJ, 6, p.e4648. https://peerj.com/articles/4648/ An older article is: Digging up bones: Unearthing the past at Gray Fossil Site Diane Hughes, Explore Tennessee Sept. 10, 2018 https://www.tennessean.com/story/exploretennessee/2018/09/10/unearthing-past-gray-fossil-site/1215351002/ Merry Christmas Everyone, Paul H.
  8. Found Middle TN Root fossil?

    Found this interesting piece digging near Natches Trace TN. Is this a root fossil?
  9. Fossils ?

    I found these within 3 feet of each other while kayaking the Duck River. Curious as to what they are... Thanks
  10. Lichid trilobite ID

    I recently found an exposure of the Ordovician Catheys formation in eastern Williamson County, TN. The exposure of blue-grey shaly limestone seems to match well with the trilobite rich facies described by Bassler in the Franklin, TN area. I did not get to hunt it very long, but saw lots of fossils and several trilobite fragments. In addition to many fragments of Isotelus, I found several fragments of lichid trilobites. Bassler referred to these as Platylichas sp. There is a lichid described from the somewhat younger Leipers formation, which Bassler referred to as Amphilichas halli (now considered Alolichas halli). He may have just used names from prior work, but he also may have seen some differences. These are definitely from the Catheys and not the Leipers, which is absent over the center of the Nashville dome. I do intend to go back soon and look for more, maybe even finding the elusive articulated specimen. I'm curious what distinguishes Alolichas from Platylichas, and what should I call these other than unknown lichid? Thanks.
  11. Silurian blastoid

    I just relocated an unusual fossil that had been lost in some shoebox deposits. It appears to be a slightly crushed blastoid, but otherwise well preserved. It is pink colored and may be replaced with dolomite. I found it several years ago in Sumner County, TN at a place called South Tunnel. The site is a railroad cut exposing the Laurel Limestone and a few feet of Waldron Shale at the top, both middle Silurian in age. The rock had fallen out of the cut, but the extremely hard limestone looks like typical Laurel, a dolomitic limestone with very few fossils other than a few crinoid stem segments and the occasional brachiopod. I have been trying to identify it, but I'm not finding much info on Silurian blastoids. From my searches, there seems to be only one known blastoid species from the upper Laurel at St. Paul, Indiana, which is a Troostocrinus sp. Over several years of fossil hunting the area, I have never found anything even slightly similar in any Silurian deposits. Hoping someone here may have some idea what it is.
  12. I bought this rock at an antique shop today. It was labeled as a “tip”, of which I do not have much of an interest. However, I do think the tiny fossil embedded in it looks interesting. Is it a type of crinoid stem, or something similar? The back of the rock has some type of glue residue and green felt stuck to it.
  13. Any idea what this is?

    Found this in a dried pond in southern TN. Any idea what it could be?
  14. Nashville Tennessee Area Fossils

    Per my promise to Tiggy’s Dad, here are some of my Ordovician and other period fossils from the Nashville, Tennessee area. Disclaimer: following is a very small sample - I have multiple bags of fossils so I will continue to post as time permits. Top Bottom
  15. Digging up bones: Unearthing the past at Gray Fossil Site Diane Hughes, Explore Tennessee, The Tennessean, Sept. 10, 2018 https://www.tennessean.com/story/exploretennessee/2018/09/10/unearthing-past-gray-fossil-site/1215351002/ Gray Fossil Site http://gfs.visithandson.org https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray_Fossil_Site Some publications found using Google Scholar are: Gong, F., Karsai, I. and Liu, Y.S.C., 2010. Vitis seeds (Vitaceae) from the late Neogene Gray fossil site, northeastern Tennessee, USA. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 162(1), pp.71-83. https://dc.etsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C19&q=gray+fossil+site&btnG=&httpsredir=1&article=3171&context=etd http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.1000.9259&rep=rep1&type=pdf Zobaa, M.K., Zavada, M.S., Whitelaw, M.J., Shunk, A.J. and Oboh-Ikuenobe, F.E., 2011. Palynology and palynofacies analyses of the Gray Fossil Site, eastern Tennessee: their role in understanding the basin-fill history. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 308(3-4), pp.433-444. https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/3e1a/1ed4b8c0eb716d82dfa966b0f95f03d7d681.pdf https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mohamed_Zobaa https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Michael_Zavada Worobiec E., Liu Y.-S., Zavada M. S. 2013. Paleoenvironment of the late Neogene lacustrine sediments at the Gray Fossil Site, Tennessee, USA. Annales Societatis Geologorum Poloniae, 83(1): 51–63. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Michael_Zavada https://www.researchgate.net/publication/258226231_Worobiec_E_Liu_Y-S_Zavada_M_S_2013_Paleoenvironment_of_the_late_Neogene_lacustrine_sediments_at_the_Gray_Fossil_Site_Tennessee_USA_Annales_Societatis_Geologorum_Poloniae_831_51-63 Also, there is this unrelated shor, "fluff" article. How Long Does Something Have to Be In the Ground Before It's Considered a Fossil? http://mentalfloss.com/article/556730/how-long-does-something-have-to-be-in-ground-to-be-a-fossil Yours, Paul H.
  16. Help ID mammal tooth

    Hello all, I am new here and this is my first post. I recently found this tooth while fossil hunting on a creek in summer county Tennessee. I was mostly finding crinoids, coral and a few other unidentified relics when this caught my eye. At first glance I thought it was a horn coral as I’ve found a few of those on this creek, but it quickly became apparent that it was actually a tooth that I initially thought was from a large cat or bear. But after a little research I don’t think it’s from either. I can’t seem to positively ID it, although it sorta looks like a croc tooth or maybe a whale tooth. It’s really worn down by time and the elements but I think there’s still enough there to be recognizable. The enamel seems to have a grain to it. And the rest of it is completely mineralized. I was hoping someone here may recognize exactly what it’s from. I found it pretty much on the surface in a small rocky creek that is loaded with crinoid stems of all colors shapes and sizes. I’ve found coral there and some clam type fossils also, along with some other types of unidentified fossils and peculiar looking rocks. I’ll probably make another thread for some of the other interesting pieces I have, but this tooth is by far the most intriguing thing I’ve found as of yet. I used Ordovician as a tag but I’m really not positive that’s accurate for this tooth. It seems that Tennessee has fossils from several different periods. So if there’s any questions I may be able to answer that could help pin point a time or whatever feel free to ask. But for some reason I have a feeling someone will probably know what it’s from by sight alone. I’ve always been interested in rocks and fossils but I’m a complete newb when it comes to actually ID’ing most of them. I’m originally from Louisiana and fossils aren’t near as plentiful there. I think it’s already developed into an addiction...
  17. Unknown fossil

    Hello! I found this fossil yesterday while searching for trilobites near the Buffalo River in middle tennessee. it measures approximately 5-6 inches long and around d an inch wide. Any information regarding it would be much appreciated. Thanks!
  18. Hello, I have been a long time member of the fossil forum, but I have never posted before. I live in south Florida and I am planning on making a trip up to northwestern Georgia, northeastern Alabama, and southeastern Tennessee for two or three days and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on fossil hunting sites in the region. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
  19. Hello, I’m hoping someone will identify some of the fragments on this hash plate for me. It appears to be mostly crinoid stems? It is from my yard in middle Tennessee.
  20. Fossils Found In Creek

    I found these small rocks with fossils in a creek in middle Tennessee. I’m especially interested in the fossils in the first picture. Is it just a deeper imprint of a shell? ~ Any information on the types of these fossils is appreciated.
  21. Fossil Hash

    These are pics of another hash plate from my yard in middle Tennessee. I’m hoping someone will let me know what all is in it. (I’m wondering if there are fragments of fish bones?) Thanks.
  22. Is This A Fossil?

    Hello, I would like to know whether or not this is a fossil on top of this rock? Is it just weathering? It is from my yard in middle Tennessee.
  23. Is This A Crinoid?

    Hello, I think this is a crinoid, but am hoping somebody will let me know which type? I found it in a creek in middle Tennessee.
  24. Hello, I am hoping some of the fossils on this hash plate from my yard in middle Tennessee can be identified. Could any of these be from a very small shark?
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