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A Museum Grade Teredo Specimen, On Its Way To The Smithsonian.


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Perhaps you will be just as shocked by this news as i was. On march 22nd. 2014 @ a small meeting @ my house, this specimen was aquired by a representive of the University of Tennessee @ Martin. (Specimen was recently found by myself, and donated that day when interest was shown in it.) I almost didn't even pull it out, cause it wasn't really that intriguing of an object to me. Needless to say, when it came out, i was immediately told it would make an outstanding donation, and it was good enough to be sent & reposited @ the Smithsonian! Never saw that one coming, was shocked to say the least. So, this material was handed over, and if it hasn't already made it to the national repository, it will be arriving shortly. I still can't hardly believe such an interest was taken in it! Was also told anymore found like it would be accepted. I might have another around here somewhere, best i remember. If not i can surely aquire more from the Late Cretaceous formation it was found in. So just like that, i contributed my first item to the Smithsonian.

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very cool! Congrats

Thank you very much sir. I have atleast one other item i have been told is good enough to go wherever i wish for it to go (& i'm sure two, the second was just never discussed.), i just haven't donated.

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That is very cool. The wood is so well preserved it looks recent. I would do a backflip if I found that and I cant do a backflip.

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That is very cool. The wood is so well preserved it looks recent. I would do a backflip if I found that and I cant do a backflip.

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Awhaha, that's funny stuff sir! :D it is replaced by marcasite is why the detail has stayed so precise. Edited by Tennessees Pride

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Very cool. If the Smithsonian wasn't in the news this week for accepting a T rex, maybe your Teredo worms would have made the news instead. One can always hope. I think it is fair to say that you are one up on most of us in the Smithsonian donations.

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That's awesome news! Congratulations Joshua!

Can you haggle for a lifetime membership for you and your daughter? ;)

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Teredinidae worm colonies are a neat find, here are some from the Eagle Ford Form. in N.E. Texas----Tom

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Very cool. If the Smithsonian wasn't in the news this week for accepting a T rex, maybe your Teredo worms would have made the news instead. One can always hope. I think it is fair to say that you are one up on most of us in the Smithsonian donations.

Hey jpc, man if that specimen ever did make Smithsonian news, i would be so stunned by it i wouldn't know what to think! And thank you very much sir. Edited by Tennessees Pride

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That's awesome news! Congratulations Joshua!

Can you haggle for a lifetime membership for you and your daughter? ;)

Thank you Charlie! And no sir, i couldn't haggle, never actually talked to Smithsonian reps, but went through UT. And when Universities locate outstanding objects, they are permitted (as far as i know) to reposit the specimens @ the national repository (Smithsonian) to be held for other scientists, ect. to do futher study on in the future. Hey, that sure would've been nice though! Maybe it will even get displayed @ some points. I was told a record of my name as donater and it's find area will be attached to it of course. And, ya never know, in the future you might be thumbing through a publication and see it pop up....that's what happens, people who study things like it are likely to reference it in their works. Edited by Tennessees Pride

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Teredinidae worm colonies are a neat find, here are some from the Eagle Ford Form. in N.E. Texas----Tom

Hey Tom, those are some very exquisite specimens you have there sir. You should be proud of those, most google searches for Teredo don't return specimens of such quality.

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Hey jpc, man if that specimen ever did make Smithsonian news, i would be so stunned by it i wouldn't know what to think! And thank you very much sir.

Agreed, but it is fun to think about.

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A thought has crossed my mind, so i went and photographed this material, it came from the same source area as the Teredo specimen....think i might have collected it on the same day. The only reason i ever bagged it was just because it was unusual to me, and i haven't till now really even thought it worthy to show. But anyways, here it is. I know it's marcasite, but have just thought it might be marcasite that has replaced something. Probably not, but it was unusual to me because i'd not seen marcasite having this type of botryodial shape. Haven't ever even really tried to clean it. I have seen marcasite take on similar appearances, but not exactly like this.

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... i was immediately told it would make an outstanding donation, and it was good enough to be sent & reposited @ the Smithsonian!...

Right on man!

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That looks like the botryoidal hematite I find in my area.

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Right on man!

Thanks PFOOLEY! :)

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That looks like the botryoidal hematite I find in my area.

mikeymig, i sure was thinking it was gonna be some hemitite too, till i banged a small chip off and could see marcasite.

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Hey, Congratulations! That is very cool! :yay-smiley-1:

Excellent looking fossil!

Thanks Roz! I pray one day someone recognizes me & offer a job doing this kinda stuff.

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nice worms! :wub:

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nice worms! :wub:

Thanks Herb! I sure didn't expect them to be as wonderful of specimens as they turned out being....who would've thought?

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not to nit pick but teredoes are clam burrows not worms, they are called "shipworms" though so guess it works!

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