paleontology
A curious fossil find from Tennessee

We were at the ATV- Motocross national race at Loretta Lynn's Ranch and campground. We were looking for cool rocks in the creek and I came across this one. The reason I picked it up at first was because of the face on it. I then discovered the 3-d star and other etchings on it.

Fossil Collector: Jody M.

Location: Hurricane Mills, Tennessee

[My Fossil Find believes that the star you see is the center portion of a crinoid stem. What you have found is a cross section view of it. Crinoids look plant-like, but are echinoderm relatives of starfish. Do any viewers have an insight on this Tennessee fossil? Please leave a response.]

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2 Responses to “3-D Star Fossil?”

  1. Solius says:

    Your interpretation appears correct. The “star” part of the fossil is the preservation of the axial canal.

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  2. AmandaZ says:

    Look up megistocrinus pernodosus–it’s very similar looking, if not the same thing.

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