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Field Guide
Nashville - Windland Center
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Windland Center - Hermitage Formation
Nolensville Pike across from the Zoo - Most accessible exposure is on the left behind Audi Dealership (3758
Nolensville Pike). Fossils of the Hermitage Formation are small, but abundant. This site is very good for fossil filled
slabs, although the individual fossils aren’t as good as those in other Hermitage sites.

This bryozoan Prasopora patera encrusts both brachiopods and bivalve mollusks.

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imprint of Bivalve
Ctenodonta

The colony formed many layers, getting much larger than the host animal.

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imprint of Brachiopod:
Reserella, also shown on the right.

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This Gastropod surface is encrusted with Bryozoan: Atactoporella insueta

This Bryzoan forms only a single layer, Almost every snail in the Hermitage is covered with a colony.

 


 

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Bivalve Mollusk:
Ctenodonta hermitagensis

Like clams, the top and bottom shells of Mollusks are identical.

Brachiopods are from a totally different phylum, and are symmetric from side to side.

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Brachiopod:
Resserella fertilis

Also called Dalmanella.

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Cephalopod:
Actinoceras capitolinum


Not common and very
small compared to later
periods.

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Trilobite:
Calymene senaria

Rare, and generally found only as fragments



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Slabs show the abundance of life during the
deposition of the Hermitage Formation.

 

TnFossils.com -- Fossils and Identification per Nancy Stetton

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