|It’s time for another “Zoom” through East Tennessee! If you would like to learn more about the Gray Fossil Site and Museum, join us for a “virtual visit” led by Science Communication Specialist David Moscato. David will provide the audience a peek inside the museum’s fossil labs and explain the paleontological process of preserving, storing, and researching East Tennessee fossils.
The Gray Fossil Site and Museum, located in Gray, Tennessee, is an active site of paleontological excavation, research, and education, dedicated to exploring ancient ecosystems of East Tennessee and elsewhere. They are committed to sharing the results of paleontological work and research with the public. Visitors can view and learn about an active Pliocene-era fossil dig site that scientists believe was formed by an underground limestone cave. When it collapsed and created a sinkhole, it left a vast fossil deposit dating back approximately 5 million years. Animals that have been unearthed so far include: a saber tooth cat, alligator, tapir, rhinoceros, short-faced bear, and a mastodon, as well as hundreds of plants and other animals. To learn more about Gray Fossil Site and Museum, please visit https://gfs.visithandson.org/.
David Moscato is the Science Communicator at the Gray Fossil Site and Museum. He earned a Master’s degree in paleontology at ETSU in 2013, where he participated in excavations and research at the Gray Fossil Site. From those beginnings as a research scientist, he shifted his focus to science education and outreach through online efforts as a science writer and podcaster, as well as in-person positions at places of public education, most recently returning to the Gray Fossil Site.
The visit will take place on Thursday, September 17, at 1 p.m. EDT. Join via Zoom or watch live on Facebook. To receive an invitation to the interactive Zoom session, please email eths@eastTNhistory.org by Thursday, September 17, at 9 a.m. EDT.