creekrocks

Middle Tennessee Fossils

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

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

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

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

I have to agree, very very cool!!

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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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Nice !!!! I love the first two pics. :)

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we all need to start meeting up :)

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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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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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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

Frank

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here is one i found in middle Tennessee.

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hi all- just moved here.I need to learn more about the area for finds. I did go to west nashville one day and found a couple of fossils. Happy hunting

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Verv Nice finds.

Welcome Shamrock and Relics2c Glad to have you join us. :yay-smiley-1:

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I was hoping to be able to search somewhere this afternoon near chattanooga (within a hour or so). Would anyone have suggestion? Thank you!

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I've found Trilobites in Calhoun in spoil piles from construction in the back of the Holiday express.

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