Pterotrigonia thoracica   Tennessee Fossils

Pictured above: The official State fossil of Tennessee: Pterotrigonia thoracica, from Coon Creek, Cretaceous, 70 million years ago.

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Published in 1991 by the brilliant Steven J. Gould, this beautifully illustrated classic work suggests that the "Cambrian Explosion" of animal fossils from the Burgess Shale unveiled many strange and radial experiments that would eventually lead to just a handful of modern animal body plans. Some unique forms would be lost forever. This enthusiastic and informative work influenced a generation of scientists.


 

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