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Coon Creek fossil hunt for the family.

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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a great hands on scientific event. An education to all.
    I was disappointed that only 12 people showed up. As the minimum group is 15, MFA had to pay for 3 who were not there. As we have 135 people signed up for this meetup group, I wonder what we have to do to get a reasonable amount to show up at an event? Any suggestions??

    October 24, 2010

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