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Found 133 results

  1. Fossil found

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

  3. Is this a fossil

  4. 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!!!
  5. 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
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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!
  10. Help id

    Today's find
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. I have this unknown fossil or ?

    I found this fossil on the Elk River in Tennessee. Any help identifying would be appreciated . Thanks
  18. 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.
  19. Found Middle TN Root fossil?

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

    I found these within 3 feet of each other while kayaking the Duck River. Curious as to what they are... Thanks
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Any idea what this is?

    Found this in a dried pond in southern TN. Any idea what it could be?