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Coon Creek Science Center

2985 Hardin Graveyard Road

Just imagine! Clams, snails, crabs, sharks, and giant mosasaurs living in Tennessee! That would be the scene approximately 70 million years ago in what is now West Tennessee as the ancient Gulf of Mexico covered the land. How do we know? A visit to Coon Creek Science Center will help answer this question.

Within the grounds of Coon Creek Science Center, located in rural McNairy County, Tennessee, lies one of the most important fossil sites in North America. Acquired by the Memphis Museum System in 1988, this property contains a treasure lode of superbly preserved Upper Cretaceous marine shells and vertebrate remains left there 70 million years ago when the water of the Gulf of Mexico receded.


Matt Cole

Friday, July 27, 2018
Fossils. Cool right? Then I remembered I drove here on liquified ancient Dino juice.

Anissa Dalle

Saturday, April 7, 2018
We had a great time! It was unseasonably cold, but we found several really great fossils and learned a lot. The experts on hand were wonderful with the kids.

Goudy Jerry

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
You get to keep what you dig!

Crissy Taube

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Spent several summers here at sleep away camp back in the '90s. Wish the program was still offered for kids today.

Audrey Pattat

Monday, June 4, 2018

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