paleobiology

Trilobite trace fossils

If you ever happen to find yourself at the Clinch Mountain Lookout Restaurant in Thorn Hill, Tennessee, be sure to 1) try a piece of their vinegar pie and 2) ask to check out the spectacular outcrop featuring trilobite trace fossils directly behind the restaurant. Trace fossils are not remains of the organism itself (i.e. a… Continue reading Trilobite trace fossils

structure, tectonics

Which way is up?

No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you, these rock layers are nearly vertical! Although they were once horizontal, these Paleozoic sedimentary units have been tilted so that they now dip nearly 90 degrees. These rocks are located in northeast Tennessee and are part of the Appalachian foreland fold-thrust belt. Though built by multiple orogenies, the Alleghenian… Continue reading Which way is up?