Pterotrigonia thoracica   Tennessee Fossils

Pictured above: The official State fossil of Tennessee: Pterotrigonia thoracica, from Coon Creek, Cretaceous, 70 million years ago.

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This book could have been named "Fossils of Nashville" since the Cincinnati Arch runs right through the center of Tennessee. Although $75 may seem expensive, this four-pound telephone-directory size 575-page book is a great investment for fossil fanatics.


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Do you know Tennessee has a private fossil museum? The Middle Tennessee Museum of Natural History in Murfreesboro Tennessee is now open!

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