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Nashville, TN - Hunting Ordovician Fossils in a Target Parking Lot


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Hi All,

Was in Nashville, TN for several days for a bachelor party! Had an amazing time enjoying music, food, way too many drinks, and even managed to squeeze in a fossil hunt!

 

We had to Uber everywhere, so I picked a somewhat convenient spot, which just so happened to be a Target parking lot. 

 

This is part of the Cathey's formation, which is Ordovician. Most common finds here are Brachiopods.

 

I spent about an hour here, but could have spent way more time, and brought back a lot more fossils.

 

Some general photos of the area:

 

That was not my cart, I promise!

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Target on the left. Stark contrast to my normal scenery in a New Jersey Brook.

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This and other similar formations are visible in multiple places throughout Nashville. 

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Easy pickings...

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Small Brachiopod hashplate. 

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I'm working on ID's. Think I may have been successful on several using multiple websites specific to Nashville and a few books I have on hand. 

 

Some smaller, individual Brachiopods and a piece of Calcite, I believe. 

 

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Not bad for an hour of hunting. I would have used the cart to haul the fossils back to the truck. ;) 

 

Also, as an FYI, the genus Platystrophia was renamed to Vinlandostrophia back in 2007.  The paper was made available online for free by one of the authors so I have included it here for your reference. :)

 

Platystrophia_Orthida_and_new_related_Ordovician_a.pdf

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Nice report, Mason.

Thanks for posting it. :) 

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Not Atrypa, that is a Silurian to Devonian genus.  Your fossil is probably Hebertella.

 

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9 hours ago, FossilNerd said:

Not bad for an hour of hunting. I would have used the cart to haul the fossils back to the truck. ;) 

 

Also, as an FYI, the genus Platystrophia was renamed to Vinlandostrophia back in 2007.  The paper was made available online for free by one of the authors so I have included it here for your reference. :)

 

Platystrophia_Orthida_and_new_related_Ordovician_a.pdf 1.66 MB · 1 download

 

I wish I had a truck! Unfortunately, everything I took had to fit in my "personal bag" for my flight back home.

 

Thank you for the corrected ID! My own fault. If I had actually read beyond the title from the source I used to make the ID, I would have seen the name change in 2007. 

 

http://tennesseefossils.com/FossilList/Platystrophia.php

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7 hours ago, FossilDAWG said:

Not Atrypa, that is a Silurian to Devonian genus.  Your fossil is probably Hebertella.

 

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Thank you for the correction. Seeing a comparison photo of the two, I was way off!

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1 hour ago, Masonk said:

 

I wish I had a truck! Unfortunately, everything I took had to fit in my "personal bag" for my flight back home.

 

Thank you for the corrected ID! My own fault. If I had actually read beyond the title from the source I used to make the ID, I would have seen the name change in 2007. 

 

http://tennesseefossils.com/FossilList/Platystrophia.php


Ah, I see. Yes, the plane ride would put a damper on things. Still, you have a nice haul for a carry on. :thumbsu:

No worries on the ID. Nobody can keep up with all the name changes that have occurred over the years. :) 

 

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In the past when traveling I have avoided overweight baggage charges by shipping fossils home with fixed rate boxes from the US Postal Service.  It's pretty reasonably priced and you can fit a lot in one of the large sized boxes.

 

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10 hours ago, FossilDAWG said:

In the past when traveling I have avoided overweight baggage charges by shipping fossils home with fixed rate boxes from the US Postal Service.  It's pretty reasonably priced and you can fit a lot in one of the large sized boxes.

 

Don


Thanks! I thought about that after the fact. Oof!

 

Gives me a reason to go back. My wife loves the new country music scene, so I'm sure it wouldn't take much convincing to plan a trip 😁

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