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Found 158 results

  1. Trilobite ID

    Happy New Year from Nashville, Tennessee! I’ve been working through a piece of local limestone and I need some ID help please. All are approx 26 mm wide and 31 mm long. Thanks! Shauna
  2. This is about 38cm (14") in length. About 22 cm (9") circumference. Cross section is oval shaped about 5cm x 8cm (2" x 3") It weighs about 3.2 Kg (7 lb.) It feels very dense. The surface has pock-marks that look like they could be where leaf stems had attached at one point. The cross section doesn't have any features that I think look like vasculature. The paint on it happened because it sat on my father's fireplace for years and years, and it must've been dripped on during a repainting of the living room. My father and I found this on a Boy Scout hike sometime around 1989 in eastern Tennessee. We thought it was interesting so we packed it out. I was a kid at the time, so I don't remember any other details. We always just assumed it was petrified wood, and I haven't thought about it for years. However, he recently passed away and I dragged it home to California. Everything about the item looks like a prehistoric plant to me, except the cross section. I don't see any detail of how the plant would've transported water. That part makes me skeptical. But the surface sure looks organic. Any help confirming or denying that this is an actual fossil would be helpful. I hope I included enough detail for my first post. Thanks,
  3. Its been a long time since I last posted any finds, so I thought I'd show you folks what Ive been finding so far. Ive been out a lot this year, and have done quite a bit of exploring. I haven't taken pics of everything yet but Ill add to this as I do. This past summer I took a trip to west Tennessee to an exposure of the Coffee Sands, a Late Cretaceous formation. I was able to find the site, but unfortunately, I found no fossils there. Luckily there was an exposure of the Lower Devonian Birdsong Shale nearby! This site exposes the 'brachiopod zone' which is the bottom of the formation. So as you can probably guess, brachiopods were every where! By far the most common was Atrypa “reticularis” , they were all over the place. Discomyorthis oblata was also common Heres a favorite of mine Kozlowskiellina tennesseenis, They are very decorative. cont...
  4. Horn Coral Cross Section?

    Since this large rock is filled with Bryozoan fossils, I went off in a search to study Bryozoans. I ended up back on this group, reading a post where Rockwood identified a photo as a Horn Coral cross section, and it looked very similar to what I have, LOL! So, I am sticking my neck out there and asking if this might be a cross section of Horn Coral? This is an edge of the large rock, so you are seeing two sides of it. (first shots are looking at it from the side, third photo is looking down from the top) I have photographed it from many angles and have studied it a lot. There seem to be some kind of sections in the center, which is what went "ding, ding, ding" in the previous post that I read on the forum regarding horn coral. If I am wrong, at least I tried to figure it out, and I have learned quite a bit about Bryozoans in the meantime, LOL! This fossil is on a large rock that was found in Pulaski, TN, at the base of a hill/small mountain (rock weighs about 50 pounds or so). I can share (many!) more photos if needed. I will post scaled photos in the comments. Thanks! Ramona
  5. I had a chance to look for rocks in a new location today and WOO HOO, I found a huge rock that should keep me busy for a while! This baby is filled with tons of interesting things! I am going to start with just a couple of questions that I THINK I may know the answers to. Are these samples of a type of Fenestrate Bryozoan fossil? If not, maybe coral of some type? These were found at the base of a small mountain/hill in Pulaski, TN, where no fossil hunting has been done (yet!). If these are a type of Fenestrate Bryozoan, it looks like they have more of the structure intact than I am used to - thoughts on that? Thanks again! Ramona
  6. Brachiopod

    We visited our son at the house he bought outside of Lafayette, Macon County, Tennessee, United States. This limestone with a nice brachiopod and a partially exposed one and others was sitting along the fire pit. No telling where it is actually from or who left it there, but it may well be a local find. Please tell me if I am correct on the type of pod? Richmondian (Upper Ordovician) strata in the Central Basin of Tennessee. Ordovician Period beginning 488.3 million years ago and ending 443.7 million years ago. 1 5/8" w 4.2 cm x 1 1/4 3.2 cm high Brachiopods- Rafinesquina ponderosa- showing one side- Ordovican. also a partially exposed 2 cm wide. The slab is 5 1/4 wide x 8 1/2 in tall. 2 1/4 in thick
  7. Attached are photos of a fossil rock my son found in the eastern TN mountains in May 2017. We had stopped near the top of amountain in the Clinch Mountain range and this was sitting in small wash pile on the side of the road (it had recently rained; I had been told by a UTK Paleobiology professor that the mountains around Bean Station and road cuts along highway 25E in that area might yield Ordovician fossils, as many would weather out and could be found lying on the ground). I believe that these are mostly trace fossils - fossil burrows or thalassinoides, along with some corals and brachiopods, but I can’t seem to find much information about marine trace fossils in that area, other than this is the Benholt Formation, and the spot has a lot of echinoderms and brachiopods. I believe that this would date from late Devonian or early Mississippian periods, but this is merely a guess, based on the few small fossil shell impressions in the rock. Any thoughts or insights are appreciated, thanks! Betsy
  8. Orthoceras I

    Hi! A recent walk in the woods resulted in the discovery of this nautiloid. I found it in Wilson County, TN which is Ordovician. I am super excited about this because we found it in the woods on the property where I grew up, which means I probably walked past it a million times, and it's 3D so it shows the the siphuncle, and the outside of the phragmocone. We did not have anything to measure it with but I would estimate it to be about 12cm (5in). So my questions are these: I think first verify what I think this is and what I see as I am new to this. I have looked around the internet for genus/species of Orthoceras found in TN, but can't find anything, does anyone know? The fossil is covered with moss, what is the best way to clean it without breaking anything (once we drag this monster rock out of the woods and to the house)? Thank you so much for opinion/advice/help!
  9. Fossil Identification Needed

    I found this in the northern part of Sumner County Tennessee. I have looked everywhere for what it could be, but could not figure it out. It was found on a hill where there are many creeks nearby if that is useful. Although it does not show it, the lines are parallel to the outer part of the shell.
  10. Can't tell is rock formation or rock

    Hello, I found this rock in a creek in the mountains of Tennessee and I kinda think its a fossil of a bone or tooth (?) But I'm not sure, could use help identifying,thanks.
  11. 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!
  12. Coral Fossil?

    Found this in some creek gravel in Franklin, Tennessee. What species of coral is this (pretty sure it's a coral)?
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. Large Coral Fossil

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

    I found this fish a few years ago in Stewart County Tn on the Tennessee River bank.
  17. 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.
  18. 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!
  19. 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.
  20. 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!
  21. 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.
  22. 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).
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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