Memphis Atheists Message Board › Coon Creek Fossil hunt for the family
Be'er Sheva, IL
Coon Creek Science Center
2985 Hardin Graveyard Rd
Adamsville, TN 38310
Oct 23rd 11 am.
Just imagine! Clams, snails, crabs, sharks, and giant mosasaurs living in Tennessee! That would be the scene approximately 70 million years ago in what is now West Tennessee as the ancient Gulf of Mexico covered the land. How do we know? A visit to Coon Creek Science Center will help answer this question.
Within the grounds of Coon Creek Science Center, located in rural McNairy County, Tennessee, lies one of the most important fossil sites in North America. Acquired by the Memphis Museum System in 1988, this property contains a treasure lode of superbly preserved Upper Cretaceous marine shells and vertebrate remains left there 70 million years ago when the water of the Gulf of Mexico receded. ( http://www.memphismus.... )
$10 per person/ $5 for MFA members- Children are encouraged to attend
The program is 2 hours which entails a 30 minute talk followed by digging for fossils, cleaning and washing. We are also free hang out at the Coon Creek center afterwards for a while if we like. They have picnic tables for lunch so you can pack a lunch or eat on the road.
Travel time is 1-1/2 to 2 hours from Memphis
We encourage car pooling for this event.
Space is limited to 35 so it is a case of first come first served. Please rsvp to MFA