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Found 148 results

  1. Help with ID

    Hi! This fossil was found in Middle Tennessee. I have asked a few people what they think it is and their answers have been straight shelled cephalopod and internal structure of a belemnite (which is basically the same, isn’t it)? What do you think? If it is an internal structure of the belemnite, is it the phragmocone? Thank you for your help!
  2. Coral Fossil?

    Found this in some creek gravel in Franklin, Tennessee. What species of coral is this (pretty sure it's a coral)?
  3. Mystery Cylindrical Fragment - Middle Tennessee

    This fossil was from a creek bed in Franklin, Tennessee. I have no paleontology or geology background so the little information I can give was that the rock it was in was about the size of a small toaster, and I chiseled it out (it actually popped out from the vibration). Imgur Photos: The rock was a dark grey (I have attached a photo of a different rock from the same area). I also included a photo shining a very bright flashlight through the bottom. The more crystallized part is where it was attached to the corner of the rock. https://imgur.com/gallery/PuchJQA EDIT: DSLR PICTURES HERE https://imgur.com/a/cqrjaBU
  4. Just some of my concretion landscaping. They were all found in Middle Tennessee. I’m curious what other kinds of fossils may occur in them besides gastropods? I have found several that nature cracked open containing Gastropoda.
  5. Large Coral Fossil

    Large coral fossil found in Stewart County Tn
  6. Fish in the Rock

    I found this fish a few years ago in Stewart County Tn on the Tennessee River bank.
  7. Fossil plants provide clues to changing environments in Tennessee’s past. The Erwin record, April 11, 2020 https://www.erwinrecord.net/community-news/fossil-plants-provide-clues-to-changing-environments-in-tennessees-past/ Some random papers. 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 Shunk, A.A.J., 2009. Late Tertiary paleoclimate and stratigraphy of the Gray Fossil Site (eastern TN) and Pipe Creek Sinkhole (northcentral IN) (Doctoral dissertation) Baylor Unversity, Waco, TX https://baylor-ir.tdl.org/handle/2104/5303 Shunk, A.J., Driese, S.G. and Dunbar, J.A., 2009. Late Tertiary paleoclimatic interpretation from lacustrine rhythmites in the Gray Fossil Site, northeastern Tennessee, USA. Journal of Paleolimnology, 42(1), pp.11-24. https://www.academia.edu/11963313/Late_Tertiary_paleoclimatic_interpretation_from_lacustrine_rhythmites_in_the_Gray_Fossil_Site_northeastern_Tennessee_USA https://www.academia.edu/23862396/Late_Tertiary_paleoclimatic_interpretation_from_lacustrine_rhythmites_in_the_Gray_Fossil_Site_northeastern_Tennessee_USA Whitelaw, J.L., Mickus, K., Whitelaw, M.J. and Nave, J., 2008. High-resolution gravity study of the Gray Fossil S ite. Geophysics, 73(2), pp.B25-B32. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/249865308_High-resolution_gravity_study_of_the_Gray_Fossil_Site https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kevin_Mickus/2 Worobiec, E., Liu, Y.S.C. and Zavada, M.S., 2013. Palaeoenvironment of late Neogene lacustrine sediments at the Gray Fossil Site, Tennessee, USA. In Annales Societatis Geologorum Poloniae (Vol. 83, No. 1, pp. 51-63). https://geojournals.pgi.gov.pl/asgp/article/viewFile/12589/11062 https://geojournals.pgi.gov.pl/asgp/article/view/12589 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://www.researchgate.net/profile/Michael_Zavada/publication/277307790_Palynology_of_the_Gray_Fossil_Site_eastern_Tennessee_its_role_in_understanding_the_basin_fill_history/links/562905a908ae518e347c704b.pdf Yours, Paul H.
  8. Any IDs y’all can pick out on this rock? I think I see crinoid, but I’m extremely new to this and could use any and all help! Found in a creek on the Cumberland plateau in TN, SCOTT county. Thank you in advance!
  9. Heavy Mystery...

    What’s heavy, smooth and rounded on one side and with wavy channels on the other? I have no idea either, but I dug it out of the hill behind my house. Found among fossil palm wood, fishy bits, and shale. Partially exposed in dirt on the side of a hill. I found another smaller, broken piece with the same cross section profile and the two dissimilar surfaces on either side. North Georgia, Walker county, USA. 10 minutes south of Chattanooga. Nice view of Lookout Mountain too for all you Civil War buffs.
  10. Fish Heads in North Georgia?

    Hello all! This is my first post in the forum besides the introduction. I’m open to any and all interpretations on this piece. Did I just find a fish head in my backyard? There are tons of fossils (marine and palm) pouring out of the hills on my property. I’m so close to Chattanooga (10 minutes away), I imagine we would share similar geology but I’m unsure and try not to make assumptions. Yay for the scientific method! Found on the surface at the base of a shallow ravine among lots of fossil palm wood, shale outcroppings, and some volcanic(?) glass. Northern Walker co, Georgia, USA. Pictures are as follows... 1) “Right” side 2) “Left” side 3) “Top” 4) “Bottom” with “mouth” facing left 5) “Back” side with “top” at the top of photo 6) “Underside” with “mouth” at bottom left of photo 7) The location behind my driveway that keeps vomiting out fishy bits and petrified wood!
  11. 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.
  12. 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).
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Fossil found

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

  18. Is this a fossil

  19. 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!!!
  20. 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
  21. 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!
  22. 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.
  23. 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?
  24. 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!
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