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  1. @stats @Mark Kmiecik @RCFossils @Peat Burns @connorp @deutscheben@fiddlehead I had been in contact with a friend (Bob) of mine that I met over 30 years ago. I met him through my fossil mentor Walter. Bob and Walter would collect in the 70’s and 80’s with many well know collectors, including Francis Tully. The would also bring fossils to the Field Museum so Dr. Eugene Richardson and others, could ID some of their finds. In our talks over the last several months, he had spoke about selling his collection and I advised him that I would be interested. We came to an agree
  2. Svetlana

    Carboniferous flora for ID

    Hello to all. I ask for your help in ID of the next sample. I have a large collection of Carboniferous flora, but this sample surprised me. First, I will publish standard finds from one mine in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. These Calamites were brought to the surface from a depth of 930 meters. Not flattened and of small diameter - an interesting find. 1476001232_1(5.1).mp4 1697913187_1(8).mp4
  3. Today it was early and about 60 degrees and I decided to go out and do a little collecting. Here are pics of the concretions and some as I found them. As I saw it- As I saw it- As I saw it- As I saw these two- The next piece was large and flat. I do not bring these home, I try to open them in the field or I that is an issue, I break it in half and see if there is anything in the middle
  4. This is an odd one for me, anyone have any ideas?
  5. This evening I had a little bit of time to do some collecting. It was not my best day, but it was still enjoyable. Here is a large Annularia, I was tapping the “crust / outer shell” off of the concretion, and it split open. Also found a nice Lepidostrobophyllum majus. And I am thinking that this is Sigilaria. Here are some concretions as they were found. Sometimes you find concretion
  6. I decided to do a little collecting again this evening, not that I need any more concretions, but I hear them calling to me. Below is a picture of the concretions that I found this evening. I like big concretions, as most people do, but most do not contain anything, so I leave them alone, like I did to the one below. My favorite concretions to find are the smaller ones, like the ones below. The one pictured below is a nice shape, but not perfect.
  7. This will be my shortest post ever. I had some time after work to drive the 45 minutes to a site to collect some Mazon Creek concretions. I did not spend much time collecting and only found about 30 concretions, many that I cracked open for a police officer who had asked me how the collecting was going. He was interested and will give the fossils to his kids. Here are a couple pics of open concretions that were in the ground and how they looked after I got them home. Neuropteris ovata- You can see the split open concretion in the ground.
  8. Nimravis

    8-23-22 Mazon Creek ID

    @connorp @fiddlehead @stats @deutscheben @Mark Kmiecik @RCFossils What do you think? I was thinking that it is possibly an example of Rhacophyllum spinosum, but only about a 51% chance.
  9. I did a little collecting today, found a lot of nice concretions, below are some “in-situ” pictures of concretions and a few pics of some of the open stuff that I found- all Flora. Most of the concretions and the fossils that will be included, will be posted in my “Sometimes you have to whack it“ post. Hopefully this contains a beautiful fern. m
  10. debivort

    My first two Mazon specimens

    I had a great, brief opportunity to collect Mazon nodules at a private site. I'm new to this deposit, but really excited to start understand the material. I've started the freeze-thaw on the bulk of specimens, and ordered my copies of the Wittry books, but will post a few specimens that were already exposed or split at the time of collection. Thanks for your help in advance @Nimravis @stats @RCFossils @deutscheben @Mark Kmiecik @Runner64 Specimen 1 (6cm nodule diameter): found as a half, already split. As a newbie, I'm not sure if this anything, but follow
  11. connorp

    A couple Mazon Creek Flora to ID

    Here are two new Mazon Creek finds I'm not positive on. This first one looks very familiar but I can't place it. The second is a nice 3D piece of wood. My best guess is a Psaronius stem (tree fern), but I haven't found anything like this before so I was hoping for a second opinion. @Nimravis @stats @Mark Kmiecik @deutscheben @RCFossils I appreciate any help.
  12. Nimravis

    8-1-22 Mazon Creek ID’s

    I have two pieces here that are odd and cannot pinpoint an ID, any help from @RCFossils @Mark Kmiecik @stats @connorp @deutscheben would be appreciated. #1 #2
  13. connorp

    Mazon Creek Flora

    I've been spending a lot of time lately studying the Mazon Creek flora, and am continuously astonished by the diversity and quality of specimens that can be found. I don't think we see enough plants on the forum, so I figured I would go ahead and share some of my favorite finds. First is a specimen I recently shared, and a fitting start to the thread. This is Crenulopteris acadica, the most common true fern found in the Mazon Creek flora. It has been the most common plant I find, accounting for probably half my finds. Next is a favorite of mine. This is a s
  14. Nimravis

    8-2-22 Mazon Creek ID

    Just came across this piece in a box of loose concretions. It has the look of an insect wing, but believe it might be a Neuropteris inflata leaf. What do you think? @RCFossils @deutscheben @stats @connorp @Mark Kmiecik Sorry for the darker pics, but this is a real black concretion.
  15. Yesterday at work, I ran into a co-worker who knew that I collected fossils. He had me meet him at an area on his property in Coal City that was having some construction taking place and advised me that he thought concretions were there. I started looking around and found a number of them. Unfortunately, this area will covered over today. Below are a couple that I found in situ. I found this big concretions opened and face down. I rubbed it on my pants leg and thought it might be an Asterophylli
  16. Nimravis

    7-16-22 Mazon Creek IDs

    @connorp @deutscheben @Mark Kmiecik @RCFossils Here are a few pieces that I am looking for ID’s on- I believe this first two pieces may be Mariopteris, if yes, what species? I have seen something like this before, but cannot remember where, I am thinking some type of seed? Lastly, I am looking for an ID on this poorly preserved, bushy looking worm. I was first thinking Palaeocampa anthrax, but it just does not seem correct.
  17. connorp

    Francis Creek Shale

    The Francis Creek Shale in northeast Illinois is best known for producing Mazon Creek concretions. However, the shale itself also contains an extremely diverse and well preserved flora (and fauna occasionally). Unfortunately, the shale is extremely soft, and quickly weathers to clumps of clay. This makes collecting from the shale very challenging, and most collectors don't even bother trying. On a recent trip I found some fresh chunks of shale and decided to try and save some of the plants. Even working with fresh shale, it was still very hard to extract anything. Larger pieces crumbled easily
  18. Nimravis

    Mazon Creek ID’s

    Here are 3 Mazon Creek pieces that I am wondering about, I will tag the usual suspects. Thanks in advance. @stats, @Mark Kmiecik , @fiddlehead, @RCFossils, @connorp, @deutscheben
  19. Julia Cecchetti

    Help with some Pennsylvanian flora specimens

    I have several specimens that look similar, the best of which are attached. The margin of the leaves have deep dentation (is that the right term for it?) or very long fine notches. I found them in central Pennsylvania, in a Pennsylvanian period coal strip mine. Any idea on a genus or species?
  20. My first fossil hunt post. Yesterday (May 29 2022), I went down to the Florissant Fossil Quarry in Florissant Colorado. Its about a 45 minute drive west of Colorado Springs. Its a very well know site partly because of the very well preserved fossils and relative abundance but also because of how easy it is. You pay a small fee and they give you the tools and you pick up shale and start splitting, that simple. You're guaranteed to find something if you try. If you are in the area I would definitely recommend stopping by, its just not really on the way to any popular stops. There is also th
  21. For the last 4 years I have been collecting plant fossils from sites in East Central Illinois. These fossils were all brought to the surface by underground coal mining in the first half of the 20th century. Most of the spoil piles in the area have been graded or flattened out, but a few still remain, standing tall above the flatland. One particular pile is, I believe, the source of most or all of the fossils I find. The shale that makes up the spoil has been fired by the internal heat of the pile, resulting in the hard, reddish material known as "red dog". This shale i
  22. Howdy! Just posting some of my finds for ID. Feel free to correct or specify. I can provide dimensions if needed as it's hard to get good pics with a measure of some of these. The first two look like Asterophyllites to me. The third, fourth and fifth, I'd guess Sphenopteroids (the fourth is only 1 cm from top to bottom). The sixth I think is Annularia. The rest I believe are Neuropteroids.
  23. connorp

    Unknown Mazon Creek Plant

    I'm stumped on this one. Unfortunately it is not very well defined, but it seems like something interesting... I haven't found anything similar before. Any thoughts are appreciated. @stats @deutscheben @bigred97 @Nimravis @Mark Kmiecik @fiddlehead @flipper559
  24. Mark Kmiecik

    Mazon Creek ID help

    Calling on the usual suspects, @stats @deutscheben @bigred97 @Nimravis @fiddlehead @flipper559 @connorp @RCFossils , to either confirm or refute my meager guesses at ID on these ferns. Thank you all in advance -- I truly appreciate your help. And of course, I'll consider what any others think as well. Thank you.
  25. Hello to all. This is my collection of flora from the Carboniferous period. This topic will be filled gradually - there is a lot of material. All material originates from the Araukarite Formation of the Gzhel Stage of the Upper Pennsylvania Carboniferous period (303.4 Ma). Unless otherwise specified, it means that the default sample is from this formation. The type of substitution is silicification (sometimes with ferruginization), sometimes with quartz crystals on the surface of the samples. Enjoy watching Part 1. Sample 1. Part of a branch of small diameter with a
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