Exploring prehistoric Florida in our back yard

Posted at 4:12 PM, Mar 12, 2016


We are talking about saber-toothed cats, mammoth bones and giant sharks’ teeth.

It’s all at the annual Fossil Fest at the Florida State Fairgrounds this weekend.

You can’t miss the ancient Crustacean shrimp-like creature that is 520 million years old. It has the oldest and best preserved central nervous system ever discovered and recently found in China.

Scientists hope it will answer questions about how the nervous system evolved in animals still roaming the earth.

Those exhibits and others will be on display today and Sunday at the Florida State Fairgrounds at U.S. 301 and Interstate 4, east of Tampa.

Check out Action News’ Clifton French’s interview with Tampa Bay Fossil Club president Mike Searle, who stopped by ABC Action News to talk about the annual natural resources fest.