Gray Fossil Museum opens in East Tennessee

One of the more stupendous collection of fossils on earth now has a window in the form of the East Tennessee State University and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum and Visitor Center. Heck of a long name for a museum, but this looks line a promising institution that will help bring visitors to Upper East Tennessee.

The Museum is built adjacent to a five acre site containing fossils dating back 4.5 million years to the Miocene period, and contains the remains of animals such as tapirs, saber-toothed cats, and elephants. The fossils are layered in deposits dozens of feet deep that will provide work for scientists for years to come.

The Museum opened on August 31. According to an article in the Bristol Herald Courier, “Although they’ve been working for seven years, the scientists say they’ve only unearthed less than 1 percent of the remains on site.”

This new museum is 1.8 miles off I-26, which is just a few miles off I-81, a major Interstate highway. It will be interesting to see how well this place is promoted, and if the museum is able to withstand any attacks by fundamentalists, who will wonder how all of these animals got onto the ark.

This blog is part of a much larger website, also entitled Tennessee Guy, that contains travel and cultural information about Tennessee. Visit it here.

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