Southeastern Section–55th Annual Meeting (23–24 March 2006)
Paper No. 37-3
Presentation Time: 3:45 PM-4:05 PM

A PALEOECOLOGY COMPARISON STUDY OF ANURANS FROM THE GRAY FOSSIL SITE, WASHINGTON COUNTY, TN, AND THE PIPE CREEK SINKHOLE, GRANT COUNTY, IN

SHEETS, Hope A., Physics, Astronomy, and Geology, East Tennessee State University, Box 7063, Johnson City, TN 37614, zhas9@imail.etsu.edu, FARLOW, James O., Department of Geosciences, Indiana-Purdue Univ, Fort Wayne, IN 46805, SCHUBERT, Blaine W., Physics, Astronomy, and Geology, East Tennessee State University, Box 70636, Johnson City, TN 37614, and WALLACE, Steven C., Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geology, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN 37614-1709

The Gray Fossil Site is postulated to be a late Miocene or early Pliocene (c. 4.5 – 7 million years BP) sinkhole deposit. As expected in such an assemblage, aquatic taxa, such as anurans are represented. Recent wet-sieving efforts are producing microfaunal remains but surprisingly, frogs appear to be underrepresented. In contrast, the Pipe Creek Sinkhole estimated to be early Pliocene (c. 5 million years BP) age, and often considered to be the “sister site” to Gray, has produced a multitude of anuran remains. Specific taxonomic differences noted thus far are that the anuran fauna from Pipe Creek is dominated by smaller aquatic species, identified as being in the Rana pipiens complex; whereas the fauna from Gray is primarily larger aquatic anurans similar in size and morphology to Rana catesbeiana. The Gray Fossil Site is in the early stages of excavation, and only time will tell whether or not these patterns represent true paleoecological differences.

Southeastern Section–55th Annual Meeting (23–24 March 2006)
General Information for this Meeting
Session No. 37
Paleontology, Paleoecology, and Paleoenvironments of the Gray Fossil Site, Gray, Tennessee
Marriott Hotel: Alvin York
3:00 PM-5:30 PM, Friday, 24 March 2006

Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 38, No. 3, p. 85

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