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Found 138 results

  1. Ripley Formation crab finger(?)

    I found this today in the Ripley Formation (Late Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) of ne Mississippi. Am I right in thinking it’s a crab finger? Which one? Thanks. coin is 19 mm in diameter.
  2. Shark tooth in TN?

    Hello all! I joined this forum today after finding the fossil shown in the photo. It jumped out at me while we were skipping rocks along the Harpeth River just SE of Franklin, TN. Is this a shark tooth or am I nuts? Whatever it is, it's clearly seen better days - so I understand if an ID is just not feasible. The shape seems right but the texture gives me pause. I've always been one to pick up cool rocks and fossils, but I know little-to-nothing about their actual names/classifications (yet).
  3. Good morning all. Can anyone verify if this item is actually a Black Walnut seed pod from the upper Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee? It measures 2 inches wide and the seed(?) is a little over 1 inch wide.
  4. Unknown coral

    Hello, my son and I found this fossilized coral, or what we think is coral, in a dried up creek bed. We were wondering what type of coral is it, what period did it come from and potentially what it can tell us about the prehistoric history of he area we live in. it was found in middle Tennessee, Montgomery county to be more precise. lastly, does it have any value? I relocate a lot for my job and we have no use for a 25 lbs chunk of fossilized coral.
  5. Cave find

    I located this item in a cave where other items where located too. It’s about 1 1/4” long by about 3/4” wide. I am new to this forum and would like any guidance you may offer. It has been enjoyable looking through the posts. Thank you.
  6. Fossil found

    I found this fossil a couple of weeks ago in a creek south of Nashville. Any idea what it is?
  7. Fossilized bee hive

  8. Is this a fossil

  9. Strange rock

    Found last spring in Lawrence Co. Tennessee in a small creek while artifact hunting. Thought it was unique so I hauled it home. Any thoughts on what it could be are appreciated...thanks!!!
  10. Hunting near Chattanooga, TN

    Hello everyone, This is my first post here. I live near Chattanooga, TN, and consider myself fortunate to live in this area due to its scenic beauty and recreational opportunities. We've come a long way in the last 30 years, and I would encourage anyone who wants an outdoor adventure to come here and check us out. Now, fall's coming, and with that may come cooler weather, which means a great time for outdoor activities. I would like to go fossil hunting close to home. We're in a pretty geologically diverse area here, though most of the knowledge from my college Historical Geology class taken over 25 years ago seems to have deserted my brain. But we have alot of chert, limestone, sedimentary rock, mountains, rock outcroppings, and the famous Chattanooga Shale formation. There is also the drive up Hwy 111 onto the plateau. One the way up, I've seen more than a few shale outcroppings that appear to have just barely missed turning into coal. So, for those in the know, are there some good fossil hunting areas in the Chattanooga area or within an hour's drive? Finding a trilobite would be a great prize, but I've found small crinoid stem fossils in my gravel driveway. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you, -William
  11. Tiny Hash Plate I.D. Request

    Hi, I am hoping someone will be able to tell me what all is on this little hash plate. My husband found it in Williamson County, TN. (Ordovician / I’m still trying to determine the geological formation in which it was found.) Thanks!
  12. Tribolite fossil or impression on rock?

    Ok guys! Have taken your advice, stopped looking for bones and focused on sea related shapes, found this guy yesterday, looks like it might be animal rather than plant? Help please! Have a SMALL Bic lighter for scale.
  13. What is this thing?

    This thing looks like a fossilized heart to me but most likely is not. Do any of you know what it is?
  14. Teeth ID

    I found these teeth a while back in TN and I was hoping I could get a positive identification on what animal these belonged to. Thanks!
  15. Help id

    Today's find
  16. ID Assistance Request

    I’ve been doing a lot of river collecting this year and found some a couple of items have really stumped me. I’m hoping you all can help me identify them. The river I collected them from is in Middle Tennessee and is a mix of Ordovician and Devonian (from Chattanooga Shale) As always, thank you for your assistance! Note: Some of these pics were taken through my 10x BelOMO.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. I have this unknown fossil or ?

    I found this fossil on the Elk River in Tennessee. Any help identifying would be appreciated . Thanks
  23. 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.
  24. Found Middle TN Root fossil?

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