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  1. Rob Russell

    Another mazon oddity

    Hey Folks, Here’s another I’m not certain about. Trace fossils, perhaps?
  2. Rob Russell

    Mazon creek help

    Hey Folks, Shrimp and plant material? Plant material and plant material? What are we looking at here?
  3. Perfectly preserved 310-million-year-old fossilized brain found By Harry Baker, Live Science, July 28, 2021 Bicknell, R.D., Ortega-Hernández, J., Edgecombe, G.D., Gaines, R.R. and Paterson, J.R., 2021. Central nervous system of a 310-my-old horseshoe crab: Expanding the taphonomic window for nervous system preservation. Geology. Open access Yours, Paul H.
  4. Spindoctor81

    Identification needed

    Looking to possibly identify the fossil directly below the 1 inch mark of the measuring tape in the first photo. Any possibly insight would be appreciated. Other fossils on this specimen include coral, bivalves, etc.
  5. Runner64

    Mazonomya mazonensis

    Mazonomya mazonensis is a saltwater bivalve found in the Mazon Creek fossil beds. This species is the most abundant and common bivalve included in the Essex Biota. This specimen is preserved in an ironstone concretion.
  6. Everyone here on the forum knows @Nimravis is very generous with his...um...poop. I was the lucky recipient of a Mazon Creek (Pit 4) carnivore coprolite with a very intriguing inclusion. Does anyone recognize this once tasty morsel? Bug bit? EDIT: The scale bar in the photos is 1 mm.
  7. deutscheben

    Another Mazon Creek ID thread

    I wanted to join the squad of great Mazon ID threads we have had in the last week. These two were found split on my opening day trip to Mazonia-Braidwood/Pit 11. I only found half of the first one. It doesn't look like much, and it may be nothing, but its worth asking! The second one was split, but both halves were present. It is much more clearly something, but I'm not sure what, as there are not any clear features, although it is preserved with good definition and a nice contrasting color.
  8. Fossil hunting season at Illinois's Mazonia-Braidwood State Fish and Wildlife Area, the iconic Pit 11, runs from March to September every year. I didn't make it to the park at all last year, so I wanted to get out there on day 1 this year. I took the day off work and thankfully the weather cooperated- it was cloudy and in the 30s for most of the day. I picked up my rental car at 7:30 in the morning and hit the road for the 90 minute drive north. I wasn't the first one at the park, though- I saw a few other folks heading out on the trail with buckets in hand as I pulled into the pa
  9. deutscheben

    Wispy Mazon Creek Plant?

    This fossil split a few weeks ago and it has me puzzled. It's from the Mazon River itself and consists of many wispy fibers, with some carbonization at the tips. The edges of a Neuropteris fimbriata leaf have a frayed look that is sort of similar, but the rest doesn't look right. Another possibility I considered was it being some sort of highly degraded non-specific fibrous plant material. But I have not been able to find anything that matches it exactly in my guidebooks. Any ideas?
  10. CBOB

    Mazon Creek ID help

    So my wife and I loaded up the canoe and headed down to Mazonia South Unit Pit 11 for a day of some paddling and of course some fossil (nodule) hunting. We did really well on the nodule collecting. I happened to find this and was my most exciting find of the day. I found it face down in the mud and full of mineral staining and only found this half of it. After a little prep/cleaning tonight a lot of the details came out. I have no idea what I have here. Any help or ideas with this one? The first picture is more for scale. The remaining pictures were taken with my cell phone
  11. fossilized6s

    Mazon Creek Finds

    This is my first year hunting Mazon Creek and I've found some cool stuff so far. I'm starting this thread not only for myself but for others to show off their personal Mazon Creek finds that you're proud of. I will be continuously adding to this thread to show pictures and i may need help with IDs. We all love pictures, so don't be shy. Show us what you got! And someone please correct any mistaken IDs (that's how we learn) Edit: IDs added Pecopteris mazoniana-Pit 2 Alethopteris serli-Pit 2 Lobetelson partial Shrimp-Pit 11 Achistrum (Sea Cucumber)-Pit 11 Rhaphidiophorus
  12. CBOB

    Mazon Creek ID's needed

    Had a few nodules pop from my winter nodule stash from pit 11 collecting. Wondering if anyone has ideas? Don't know if they are animals or suggestive mineral staining? from left to right: 1. jellyfish? 2. worm? 3. jellyfish? Something from the plant world? Sphenopteris? Thanks!
  13. CBOB

    Mazon Creek ID's

    I was able to find some time today and go through buckets of Mazon Creek nodules I had collected this season so far from the Mazonia South Unit (Essex Biota) that I have been freeze/thawing. Here's what popped open and wondering if I can have some help with some ID's? I'm seeing a lot of "worms" but would like some more specifics if anybody has ideas. Thanks! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 1. 2. 3. shrimp molt? 4. 5. sea cucumber? 6. 7.
  14. I decided to create a new topic to illustrate the processing of the hoard of Mazon Creek nodules my wife Tammy and I dug from Fossil Rock campground in Wilmington, IL. The planned outing date got rained out but I was able to make it out two other days for some fossil oriented aerobics. If you missed the saga of the digging, you can catch-up on that here: http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/54669-6715-join-us-as-we-dig-300myo-fossils-in-the-francis-creek-shale/?p=589045 I hope to use this topic to show the freeze/thaw processing of the nodules we recovered and to showcase any intere
  15. Come and join us as we dig up nodules from the Francis Creek Shale and celebrate Ken's (Digit) birthday! We will be heading to Fossil Rock campground in Wilmington, IL on Sunday the 7th of June. Our Floridian friends Ken and Tammy will be heading North to Chicagoland for business and pleasure. We WILL BE DIGGING, so digging tools, buckets and gloves will definitely help in your hunt. It also will cost $5 per person to enter and dig the campground. Here is a weather link for weather updates http://m.accuweather.com/en/us/wilmington-il/60481/extended-weather-forecast/629 Suggested items l
  16. I and other members will be heading to Fossil Rock campground to hunt pit 2 on Sunday October 19th 2014. Hopefully the weather will corporate and we can get our buckets filled! Come and join us. It doesn't matter if you've never done it before, i will be happy to teach you what to look for and how to be successful in your 300mya scavenger hunt. We will meet at the Shell gas station in Coal City @ 8-8:30am. It's just west of rt.55 on 113. Hopefully this link will help http://goo.gl/maps/z6m7q Supplies you need and may want. -shovel, pickaxe, rockhammer (basically a good and sturdy digging de
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