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  1. Tennessees Pride

    Unknown Late Cretaceous Vertebra i.d.

    These vertebrae have been a little problematical in their identification for me....they almost resemble something of a raptor character to me. From the Late Cretaceous Coon Creek formation in West Tennessee. Can anyone help please.
  2. As of 5/5/16, this large specimen of Late Cretaceous Amber Resin has received a new home in the McClung Museum at the University Of Tennessee (Knoxville). It is from my collection of West Tennessee Amber and is Campanian. This was my 4th-5th largest specimen from my collection.
  3. I'm extremely excited to announce that two days ago at 3:30 a newly discovered dinosaur vertebra was recovered from a Late Cretaceous Campanian formation in West Tennessee. This is only the 4th. dinosaurian vertebra to ever be found in Tennessee! It's also the first dinosaur vertebra I've ever found in my life. The specimen is from the tail section on the vertebrae column of a Hadrosaur. The neural canal and neural arch are still plainly visible. Specimen is missing the neural spine and also possible Chevron bone. This is a historic achievement for paleontology in Tennessee and here is the fir
  4. Anyone who has searched the internet for pictures of the 5 dinosaur bones that were recovered from the Cretaceous of West Tennessee knows what I'm talking about: there simply isn't ANY photos available to view the all the specimens, with the exception of a PDF file wrote in 1991 by Mr. Bryan from UT Knoxville. That said, the bones aren't to scale in the PDF and some PDF files of the paper don't even retain the pictures. An exhaustive internet search for the material only pulls up a few pictures of a bone or two plus one photo of a few associated fragments. Here I present to you as many photos
  5. On the evening of september 16th. 2013, right @ dark, Amber fossil resin was discovered for the first time ever in Henderson county,TN. This discovery was made by myself. On the afternoon of september 20th. 2013, i discovered a specimen of Amber that my wildest dreams had never imagined! Hahhaaa....yea!!! It snatched away the previous state record sized specimen from the late (& great!) Professor Bruce Wade, like it wasn't even there! His record specimen was about a inch and a half in diameter, and it stood for 99 years until i came along on that fateful day! It is an honor for my name and
  6. It truly was a pleasure banging some Coon Creek formation with Herb. This is one funny guy! He had me laughing most of the day...but when he got serious, the bones started coming out! I took him to 2 different localities yesterday; the first was what one would imagine as the "classic" Coon Creek formation layers....more shells than a man could shake a stick at! Outstanding recoveries in invertebrate paleontology were made, including the first Ammonite shell I've ever actually seen recovered first hand. It was only a partial, but boy oh boy what a stunning gem...it still displayed the original
  7. There I was pulling up to this building Tuesday morning, about to have a meeting with the State Geologist Ronald Zurawski. Traveling there, all I used to go off of was the address, so you can imagine my surprise when I find out I'm parking in Beside the Tennessee Supreme Court, and this huge building is the place that I have a meeting in...then I find out it's on the 12 floor or course. There I am pulling up with a wooden crate full of material, and 2 extra large specimens. I know I had 100 pd. Anyway... After two breaks, I made it through the front door where the security guard helped me plac
  8. Tennessees Pride

    Daughter In Need Of Fossil I.D.

    This specimen was put in my hand by my 5 year old Sunday! Talk about making Daddy proud....her Native American and Fossil finds are truly incredible....she has actually recovered a dinosaur bone!! I kid you not. This latest fossil to be dropped in my hand doesn't surprise me....lots of times when we hunt, I come home with second best material. That child has already found more agates than I've found in my entire life...about every time we visit Sardis park, she'll come home with an agate. I was pretty sure I had her Sunday..with what appears to be a burrow replaced by hematite, then
  9. Tennessees Pride

    In Desperate Need Of A Shell I.D. Please

    The title pretty much sums it up. I've reviewed every publication I can access, still having much trouble with what first appeared to me to be an easy I.D. As you can see, the material has typical striated lines on its outer surface. On each striated line, there are "dots" from one end of the line to the other. Horizontally, the dots match up with the dots on the left and right of the striated lines beside. It would seem identifiable to me based on that type morphology, but I just can't find an example with such morphology. Please help with this tough I.D. and thank you all in advanc
  10. Tennessees Pride

    Unknown Tennessee Cretaceous Botanicals

    This is a topic I've been meaning to create in the I.D. section for some time now. Hopefully it will be an easier way for interested members to access information regarding my paleobotanical materials. I likewise encourage anyone with Cretaceous Tennessee specimens to post in this topic, to create a better understanding of botanical fossils/palaeoecology/palaeoclimatology, ect. from the cretaceous of Tennessee. I intend to add new materials to this topic for years to come,to ensure a way for researchers to view specimens easily, a benifical concept considering my materials are scattered t
  11. Shells being recovered in other states in the Coffee Sand, Tennessee is the exception. Leaching of the sediments at a later time is thought to have been the general factor. Strangely as it seems, here iron has wholly replaced some unknown shells. My phone camera not being that good, it's difficult to determine in the pics, but very detailed surfaces of the outside of the shells can be saw w/ the naked eye. Also present on the specimen of sandstone appear to be perhaps some type of trackway(?). These shells truely are the first shells discovered in the Coffee Sand of Tennessee that I am aware o
  12. Tennessees Pride

    Need I.d. For Cretaceous Vertebra Please.

    These are bad photos I know, I'm just looking for a general classification....Dinosaur or Marine Reptile. It sure is looking Dinosaurish to me. It displays a flat surface area on each face. In the photos, the top surface is flat , and is what I take to be the neurospine canal. The vert is longer than wide. Recovered today. Looks like a Hadrosauridae vert to me. If this doesn't look Dinosaurian to you, please share with me your thoughts on what Marine Reptile you think it may be.
  13. This Monday morning about 10:00, The alarms went down in The Tennessee River Museum,external frame, retaining clips, and glass plate removed to the exhibit which housed Mr. Wade's famously historic Specimen of Amber. That day had been prearranged & was preparatory for a Meeting in Nashville the next day. I was actually allowed to remove the specimen out of the display, privately inspect, take measurements of, and photograph it. What an amazing feeling it was to actually roll it around in my hand and closely view it in detail...I will always remember it. For those who may not know, that pi
  14. Tennessees Pride

    Fossil Sea Cucumber?

    These are pics sent to me by my cousin who was running a dozer and uncovered this fossil. There are Silurian and Devonian limestones in his area. I have also read that first Sea Cucumbers made their appearance in the Devonian. So I told him my best "guess" was "the fossilized endoskeleton remains of a probable Devonian time period Sea Cucumber"... I'm very unsure because those periods aren't my main study. Did I say wrong?
  15. Tennessees Pride

    This Is Surely A Tough I.d.!

    Now, i've recovered some hard stuff to i.d., but this one has to be in my top 5! Honestly i can't tell if it's botanical or other. It came from a Campanian Cretaceous formation, marine origin. I'm thinking a near shore environment, because lots of the sandstone in the outcrop shows sure signs of wave action...ripples, ect. I've emailed several experts who wouldn't even speculate. Also, the specimen was taken to professor Butterfield @ Freed-Hardeman. After an up close inspection, he was just as baffled as i. Had just never seen anything like it. Has anyone ever seen this stuff?
  16. Tennessees Pride

    Never Seen Something Like This.

    While hunting a Cretaceous formation w/ my daughter, she came upon this, which i haven't been able to identify. It may be of more recent origin, but i thought not, because on the reverse side,small amounts of Mica is stuck to it so good that it can't be scratched off,& Mica is very concentrated in these old layers. Combined w/ the fact that these "bones" have no smell, & that i've just never saw something like this, it has me wondering. Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks, TP.
  17. Today i have decided on an open policy regarding the Amber which is to be found here in Tennessee. I don't mean i'm about to just outright say where it's at, but intend on sharing with the world a report on what it is associated with, and a general area it is to be found. The motive behind this report is to publicly establish several special features about the outcrops i've discovered this Amber in. 1) That the Tennessee Amber site (s) are no doubt Lagerstatte quality 2) that the site (s) have a tremendous amount of associated botanicals just not found at other American sites as conce
  18. Tennessees Pride

    Cretaceous Lobster!

    From the album: Most of my collection

    Collected from a Late Cretaceous Coon Creek formation several yr. ago. Maastrichtian. This specimen is yet to be worked out of the matrix, and is missing it's tail....tragic...sombody had Lobster for dinner. The first couple of segments of the tail are still there. A rare find indeed.
  19. Tennessees Pride

    Ghost Shrimp

    From the album: Most of my collection

    Collected from a Late Cretaceous Coon Creek formation in 2013. Maastrichtian.
  20. Tennessees Pride

    Ghost Shrimp

    From the album: Most of my collection

    Collected from a Late Cretaceous Coon Creek formation in 2013. Maastrichtian.
  21. Tennessees Pride

    Unidentified Paleobotanical Pic 1

    From the album: Most of my collection

    This has to be one of the strangest paleobotanicals i've ever laid eyes on. The material has been replaced by siderite or some other iron type stuff=iron wood! It has been looked at by one Paleobotanist and one Geologist,neither had saw something like this before, and i was told there was a possibility it could be a new species of some type! It's still unidentified. The preservation is nothing short of remarkable....this specimen is so incredibly life like, that one would almost expect it to start moving in your hand! All the internal parts can still be viewed, even veins! Strange....you almos
  22. Tennessees Pride

    Unidentified Paleobotanic, Pic 1

    From the album: Most of my collection

    On Dec.26th 2013, this paleobotanical was collected from a Late Cretaceous Campanian formation around Sardis, TN. It has been looked at by several and is still unidentified. It's not listed in any of prof. Berry's works that i know of and i have been told it may be a new species. Possible Pinus or Araucaria species.
  23. Tennessees Pride

    Unidentified Paleobotanic, pic 2

    From the album: Most of my collection

    On Dec.26th, 2013, this paleobotanical was collected from a Late Cretaceous Campanian formation around Sardis, TN. The specimen has been looked at by several and is still unidentified. It's not listed in any of prof.Berry's works that i know of, and i have been told it may be a new species. Possible Pinus or Araucaria species.
  24. Tennessees Pride

    Unidentified Paleobotanic, Pic 3

    From the album: Most of my collection

    On Dec.26th 2013, this botanical was collected from a Late Cretaceous Campanian formation around Sardis, TN. It has been looked at by several and is still unidentified. I have been told it may possibly be a new species. Possible Pinus or Araucaria species. It's not listed in any of prof. Berry's works that i know of.
  25. Tennessees Pride

    Metal Ore

    From the album: Most of my collection

    This might be a replaced fossil? From the Silurian/Devonian of Perry co. Tennessee.
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