Fossil ID Night

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Fossil Identification Nights take place every other month on the last Tuesday of the month,
from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The next Fossil Identification Night is: Tuesday, February 23rd

Did you find a rock or fossil while they were digging your neighbors cellar? Maybe you picked up something odd on a river bank or by the ocean? Were you given a gift of a collection of fossils? We can help you find out what you have!

2016 Dates Last Tuesday of every other month
Tuesday, June 28th 4-6 p.m.
Tuesday, August 30th 4-6 p.m.
Tuesday, October 25th 4-6 p.m.

Bring "em" Home!

Immediately after its discovery, the Gray Fossil Site was left unprotected for a short time. During this period, many fossils were collected by members of the local community and by people who simply heard of the site via the media. It seems likely that many significant specimens were lost. For this reason, the Gray Fossil Site is offering identification and preservation services to anyone who has fossils collected from the Gray Site prior to it being protected.

Obviously, we would love for individuals to donate such material to the Natural History Museum, but we are NOT requiring this. In fact, we are more than willing to clean, prepare, preserve, and return any fossils that are brought in as long as we can at least view the material. If desired, this can be done entirely anonymously.

The community is invited to bring their fossil finds to be identified and photographed by ETSU's expert team of paleontologists from the Don Sundquist Center of Excellence in Paleontology on regularly scheduled Fossil Identification Nights.  Fossils may be plant or animal and collected from the Gray Fossil Site or elsewhere.  Light refreshments will be served.

Please be aware: one question we do not, and cannot answer, is how much your fossil is worth. We do not appraise fossils, instead we believe that all fossils are priceless.  We agree with the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, which believes that fossils should be held in perpetuity in the public trust, preferably in a museum or research institution, where they can benefit the scientific community as a whole as well as future generations. The ethics by-law of SVP says: "The barter, sale, or purchase of scientifically significant vertebrate fossils is not condoned, unless it brings them into or keeps them within a public trust."

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