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#1 creekrocks

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 01:00 PM

I thought I would post a few pics of the fossils that myself and my 8 year old daughter have been hunting and finding here in middle Tennessee. I would love to see what others have found, too!

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 01:15 PM

That four-barreled horn coral cluster is a very cool fossil :wub:

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 01:23 PM

Oh wow. Thanks! We have a ridiculous amount of the stuff in our creek (like I could fill up a wheel barrel - lol!) I only let my daughter bring a small piece home...

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 01:39 PM

Here is what got us started. I have posted this on here before. Most opinions have been fossilized shrimp...

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 02:34 PM

It sure resembles a shrimp, but I wouldn't expect to see a shrimp fossil draped gracefully around a pebble: what I think you have is a tumbled chunk of matrix with something shelly embedded in it.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 03:23 PM

Thanks for looking. I had wondered about that since while researching it I couldn't find where anything similar had been found in our area. it does look just like a shrimp, but I know the eyes can play tricks on you when fossils are concerned. :) It drives me crazy, though - I would love to know exactly what it is or isn't.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 03:29 PM

I really enjoy the multi-specimen plates like you show in pic1, such tiny little shells and so many of them, and I agree totally with Auspex, that horn coral is neat! I have a couple little pieces that have two or three cemented together and I thought they were neat but this one is really nice! Thanks for posting up the pics! :) Keep us updated on you guys latest finds! Always fun to get the kids involved! :)
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 04:21 PM

Neat finds. I wonder if your "shrimp" isn't a partially crushed cephalopod.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 04:49 PM

That four-barreled horn coral cluster is a very cool fossil :wub:


I have to agree, very very cool!!

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 12:28 PM

Thanks for looking. I had wondered about that since while researching it I couldn't find where anything similar had been found in our area. it does look just like a shrimp, but I know the eyes can play tricks on you when fossils are concerned. :) It drives me crazy, though - I would love to know exactly what it is or isn't.

There are no rocks in Middle Tenn young enough to have shrimp (you need to go to west TN [ Cretaceous] or east TN [Pennsylvanian] for that.) Its most likely a cephalopod.
Good finds! The number of TN fossil collectors is growing (we have a ways to go before we rival TX ;) )

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 02:08 AM

Nice !!!! I love the first two pics. :)
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Posted 02 July 2012 - 05:17 PM

we all need to start meeting up :)
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Posted 11 July 2012 - 12:48 PM

we all need to start meeting up :)

once I get a better vehicle I hope to meet up with many of you!

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 02:26 AM

once I get a better vehicle I hope to meet up with many of you!


I hope so, I want to get some shark teeth :)
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Posted 07 July 2013 - 04:20 PM

Wow, very cool horn coral cluster indeed  :fistbump: !  Have not been that lucky.  Wife and have hunted up near and on Dale Hollow Lake when the water levels are low and done fairly well with crinoid stems and calyxes.  Also found plates of crinoids and some plates have been replaced with silica and can be cut and polished.  Also the stems can be polished.  Color is a light blue.  The neatest crinoids are the ones with the star in the middle of the stem.  Good Luck on your hunting and thank for sharing ! !  :D

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