Gray Fossil Site

Gray Fossil Site Formerly home to 5-million-year-old tapirs, red pandas, mastodons, and more! Now home to the ETSU Museum of Natural History and Hands On! Discovery Center.

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After lots of work in the prep lab, these mastodon bones are finally moving into their own cabinet in the collections ro...
10/15/2021

After lots of work in the prep lab, these mastodon bones are finally moving into their own cabinet in the collections room.
#FossilFriday

After lots of work in the prep lab, these mastodon bones are finally moving into their own cabinet in the collections room.
#FossilFriday

S.D. Dean's work has been foundational for research and education in archaeology, paleontology, and geology in northeast...
10/08/2021
Local scientist S.D. Dean honored

S.D. Dean's work has been foundational for research and education in archaeology, paleontology, and geology in northeast TN, and we're thrilled to share our appreciation!

In September 2021, local scientist and educator S.D. Dean was honored with a Service Award from East Tennessee State University to commemorate a lifetime of contributions to scientific discovery and public outreach.

Research in progress! Elissa and Blaine are examining this Ice Age bear skull on loan from our friends at the Alf Museum...
10/08/2021

Research in progress! Elissa and Blaine are examining this Ice Age bear skull on loan from our friends at the Alf Museum in California!
They'll be determining exactly what kind of bear it is, and how it fits into the story of American bear evolution.
#FossilFriday

Research in progress! Elissa and Blaine are examining this Ice Age bear skull on loan from our friends at the Alf Museum in California!
They'll be determining exactly what kind of bear it is, and how it fits into the story of American bear evolution.
#FossilFriday

It's not every day your class gets to talk to an actual paleontologist on an actual dig site!
10/06/2021

It's not every day your class gets to talk to an actual paleontologist on an actual dig site!

It's not every day your class gets to talk to an actual paleontologist on an actual dig site!

10/01/2021
Paleo Talks Episode 57 – Evolution’s Bite: Dental Evidence for the Diets of our Distant Ancestors with Peter Ungar

Paleo Talks is hosted by ETSU Paleontologists Blaine Schubert, David Moscato, and Chris Widga, with new guests and topics each week.

New Paleo Talks every other Friday!

Follow Paleo Talks on Facebook:
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All past Paleo Talks are also saved on YouTube:
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It’s a full house in the collections room, with staff and students hard at work cataloging fossils.
09/29/2021

It’s a full house in the collections room, with staff and students hard at work cataloging fossils.

It’s a full house in the collections room, with staff and students hard at work cataloging fossils.

We’re very proud of our fossil turtle collection. These days, visitors can see some of our favorite turtle shells on dis...
09/27/2021

We’re very proud of our fossil turtle collection. These days, visitors can see some of our favorite turtle shells on display in the collections window!

We’re very proud of our fossil turtle collection. These days, visitors can see some of our favorite turtle shells on display in the collections window!

Early signs of a new rhino! The teeth and tusks of the lower jaw are poking out of the sediment, thanks to Laura’s excav...
09/24/2021

Early signs of a new rhino! The teeth and tusks of the lower jaw are poking out of the sediment, thanks to Laura’s excavation efforts. It looks like there’s a whole skull down there, and a skeleton, too!
#FossilFriday

Early signs of a new rhino! The teeth and tusks of the lower jaw are poking out of the sediment, thanks to Laura’s excavation efforts. It looks like there’s a whole skull down there, and a skeleton, too!
#FossilFriday

We're looking for more volunteers!
09/23/2021
Gray Fossil Site volunteers can help uncover the ancient past

We're looking for more volunteers!

Individuals who would like to join East Tennessee State University’s world-class team of paleontologists exploring the ancient history of East Tennessee are invited to volunteer this fall (2021) at the Gray Fossil Site and Museum.

The collections team is responsible for cataloging every fossil, and that includes the tiniest ones! Here, Stokke is sor...
09/22/2021

The collections team is responsible for cataloging every fossil, and that includes the tiniest ones! Here, Stokke is sorting, identifying, and labeling tiny remains of fish, frogs, and more.

The collections team is responsible for cataloging every fossil, and that includes the tiniest ones! Here, Stokke is sorting, identifying, and labeling tiny remains of fish, frogs, and more.

Last month, the field team extracted a new snapping turtle specimen. Now, as the shell comes together, it’s shaping up t...
09/20/2021

Last month, the field team extracted a new snapping turtle specimen. Now, as the shell comes together, it’s shaping up to be one of our best snappers. There’s even a skull (not pictured here)!

Last month, the field team extracted a new snapping turtle specimen. Now, as the shell comes together, it’s shaping up to be one of our best snappers. There’s even a skull (not pictured here)!

Rhino prep in progress! Maggie and Sam are part of a team of students who have been touching up the preparatory work on ...
09/17/2021

Rhino prep in progress! Maggie and Sam are part of a team of students who have been touching up the preparatory work on one of our earliest rhino skeletons.
#FossilFriday

Rhino prep in progress! Maggie and Sam are part of a team of students who have been touching up the preparatory work on one of our earliest rhino skeletons.
#FossilFriday

Digging continues out in the Mastodon Pit! Recent finds include alligator, turtle, and tapir fossils, but the crew is es...
09/15/2021

Digging continues out in the Mastodon Pit! Recent finds include alligator, turtle, and tapir fossils, but the crew is especially excited about a rhino skull which they’ve just begun to uncover.

Digging continues out in the Mastodon Pit! Recent finds include alligator, turtle, and tapir fossils, but the crew is especially excited about a rhino skull which they’ve just begun to uncover.

That mastodon jaw is heavy! But the crew gave it a lift so that Chris could 3D scan it from below. This will allow us to...
09/13/2021

That mastodon jaw is heavy! But the crew gave it a lift so that Chris could 3D scan it from below. This will allow us to create a full 3D digital model of the jaw, useful for research, education, and 3D printing!
#MastodonMonday

That mastodon jaw is heavy! But the crew gave it a lift so that Chris could 3D scan it from below. This will allow us to create a full 3D digital model of the jaw, useful for research, education, and 3D printing!
#MastodonMonday

09/10/2021
Paleo Talks Episode 56 – From the Age of Dinosaurs to the Age of Ice: Research at the Western Science Center with Andrew McDonald

Paleo Talks is hosted by ETSU Paleontologists Blaine Schubert, David Moscato, and Chris Widga, with new guests and topics each week.

New Paleo Talks every other Friday!

Follow Paleo Talks on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/watch/179520460934/628194078067756
All past Paleo Talks are also saved on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJncIemz2Fxwbi-ym8OV4yO2j9wcd1WNI

Celebrating #FossilFriday with a gorgeous pair of tapir skulls.
09/03/2021

Celebrating #FossilFriday with a gorgeous pair of tapir skulls.

Celebrating #FossilFriday with a gorgeous pair of tapir skulls.

Cataloging fossils (labeling, organizing, and documenting them) is a big job in collections. Here, Elissa is cataloging ...
09/01/2021

Cataloging fossils (labeling, organizing, and documenting them) is a big job in collections. Here, Elissa is cataloging Pleistocene (Ice Age) fossils from Tennessee caves.

Cataloging fossils (labeling, organizing, and documenting them) is a big job in collections. Here, Elissa is cataloging Pleistocene (Ice Age) fossils from Tennessee caves.

Join us tomorrow for Fossil & Artifact ID Night! Bring your ancient items to be identified by our experts! This event wi...
08/30/2021

Join us tomorrow for Fossil & Artifact ID Night!

Bring your ancient items to be identified by our experts!

This event will be held in an outdoor sheltered area. Staff and guests will be asked to wear masks.

Join us tomorrow for Fossil & Artifact ID Night!

Bring your ancient items to be identified by our experts!

This event will be held in an outdoor sheltered area. Staff and guests will be asked to wear masks.

We find a lot of tapir fossils (a LOT), but they don’t usually come out of the ground looking as nice as this tibia (low...
08/30/2021

We find a lot of tapir fossils (a LOT), but they don’t usually come out of the ground looking as nice as this tibia (lower leg bone) that Laura excavated!

We find a lot of tapir fossils (a LOT), but they don’t usually come out of the ground looking as nice as this tibia (lower leg bone) that Laura excavated!

Peek inside this bag of Gray Fossil Site sediment and you’ll see tiny teeth! Those light-colored curves – those are rode...
08/27/2021

Peek inside this bag of Gray Fossil Site sediment and you’ll see tiny teeth! Those light-colored curves – those are rodent teeth just waiting to be delicately removed from the clay. #FossilFriday

Peek inside this bag of Gray Fossil Site sediment and you’ll see tiny teeth! Those light-colored curves – those are rodent teeth just waiting to be delicately removed from the clay. #FossilFriday

Fossil & Artifact ID Night returns next Tuesday, August 31!Come to the museum with items for our experts to identify!Thi...
08/26/2021

Fossil & Artifact ID Night returns next Tuesday, August 31!

Come to the museum with items for our experts to identify!

This event will be held in an outdoor sheltered area. Staff and guests will be asked to wear masks.

Fossil & Artifact ID Night returns next Tuesday, August 31!

Come to the museum with items for our experts to identify!

This event will be held in an outdoor sheltered area. Staff and guests will be asked to wear masks.

Sometimes, research involves sitting and waiting for a bit. Here’s Dr. Ethan Fulwood 3D-scanning fossil bear teeth durin...
08/25/2021

Sometimes, research involves sitting and waiting for a bit. Here’s Dr. Ethan Fulwood 3D-scanning fossil bear teeth during a recent visit to the museum.

Sometimes, research involves sitting and waiting for a bit. Here’s Dr. Ethan Fulwood 3D-scanning fossil bear teeth during a recent visit to the museum.

Here’s Ray hard at work in the Mastodon Pit. Look at that lovely black clay – that’s the ancient pond sediment that cont...
08/23/2021

Here’s Ray hard at work in the Mastodon Pit. Look at that lovely black clay – that’s the ancient pond sediment that contains our fossils.

Here’s Ray hard at work in the Mastodon Pit. Look at that lovely black clay – that’s the ancient pond sediment that contains our fossils.

Gator’s new home! After spending a long time in a display case, this juvenile alligator specimen finally has some cozy s...
08/20/2021

Gator’s new home! After spending a long time in a display case, this juvenile alligator specimen finally has some cozy shelf space in collections. #FossilFriday

Gator’s new home! After spending a long time in a display case, this juvenile alligator specimen finally has some cozy shelf space in collections. #FossilFriday

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Did y'all see the article about the exciting new Triassic finds going on "a little north" of you in conjunction with the Virginia Museum of Natural History?
Hi I am Rahul I found some undiscovered fossils in a Remote area in pakistan could any one of you is interested? Kindly Reply Soon
Ty so much for doing these FB lives on fridays! My daughter loves them!
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Do they offer digs on site?
Can someone shed some light on this?
Scouts from Pack 215 wanted to express our sincerest thanks for our day at Grey Fossil Site today. These gentleman picked this field of study for this summer and have spent the last several weeks studying about our earth and all the crazy things it does! Our guide today, Eric was wonderful to field a million questions from our curious scientists. I'm happy to say that after our visit 10 scouts completed the requirements for Nova! And for several it's a second or third Nova Award. We couldn't have picked a better place to bring the book work to life for them. Thank you!
Great to see folks from the Gray site at the Aurora Fossil Festival today.
I found these in Fall Branch. Can you tell me what they are from.