A Tennessee Girl Discovered a 475 Million Year Old Fossil

May 04, 2018, 12:46 AM

(DANDRIDGE, Tenn.) — A Tennessee girl's discovery while out walking was eons in the making.

WATE-TV reports 11-year-old Ryleigh Taylor was walking around the shore of Douglas Lake in Dandridge when she found a 475-million-year-old fossil.

The station reports her family reached out to Colin Sumrall, an associate professor of paleobiology at the University of Tennessee to confirm the find. Sumrall said Ryleigh found a trilobite, an extinct marine animal.