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  1. Hello everyone! I've been inspired by so many good Mazon Creek topics in this forum, I thought I would start my own. I'll post my own finds, which so far don't include anything as exotic as a Tully Monster, but maybe I'll get lucky on page 134 or so... I have to credit my kids with getting me interested in fossil collecting. I was always interested in rocks and fossils but when my 10 year old son had his dinosaur phase it really sparked my interest again. I wondered if an ordinary person like me could go out and find fossils? So I Googled fossil collecting and found out that not on
  2. I have a lot of unopened Mazon Creek concretions and though I do put some out in the winter for the Freeze / Thaw process, the vast majority, especially the larger ones do not open. So to dwindle my concretions, I have no problem whacking them with a hammer, and that is what I was doing today. As we all know, this is not the best way to do it since it can damage a nice specimen, but I take my chances. I always picked up any concretion that looked promising and never passed up larger ones. This all depends on the are that you are collecting, concretions from Pit 11 are never super
  3. Runner64

    Mazon Creek Collection

    I'll update this thread with my Mazon Collection over the next few weeks. With some good weather out yesterday, I managed to get my first fossil hunt in for the season and will post a report in this topic. I will be moving this upcoming summer which will put me even further from Mazon Creek so I have purchased a few pieces to fill in the genus/species I haven't found yet and will mention if I purchased a fossil. I still hold out hope to find some of these pieces I purchased eventually but will realistically be difficult if I only can make 1 trip a year. Fauna Tullimo
  4. Here is a few of my Lucky finds for 2019 Mazon Creek fossil collecting season. I will try to keep adding to it as time and posting ability permits. My wife and I collected 14 times in 2019 at 4 different areas. We had a great time, met many great people, learned a great deal, on our adventures. Anyhow, I'll give this a try, and apologize in advance for the less than perfect photos. Phil
  5. Hollie Bird

    Mazon creek purchase (again)

    Hi everyone I recently spied this mazon creek nodule on an online auction site and stuck in a cheeky bid as I thought it looked interesting. Listed as "unidentified worm from Mason creek" Perhaps preservation is too poor for a positive ID however if anyone has any thoughts as to ID please mention. Total length of feature around 3cm.
  6. I received an e-mail from a good friend this week asking me if I wanted to go with him and two other of his friends collecting at a place that would fall in the area of Pit 4. Knowing that I always loved the stuff that I had collected in Pit 4 in the past, I decided to go with him to this spot, which was new for me. The weather was great this morning, around 57 degrees and it only sprinkled for about 5 minutes. Since this was a new site for me, I was not as discriminating as I might be in other locations. I only stayed for 2 hours since I have to head home, shower and then drive another hour i
  7. Hi! My son (10) has been very interested in Mazon Creek fossils for years, and has been asking to go down and try to hunt for fossils there. He’s quite serious, knows a lot about Mazon Creek for a kid, and has experience with both all-day hiking and moderately successful fossil-hunting. Is there any chance that someone does (or would do) a guided trip there? I would feel so much better trying the trip if we had more expert help. I know he can handle a long day in the sun hunting - but I honestly don’t have the skill to be 100% sure of what I’m doing, and I certainly don’t know exactly where to
  8. Today I decided to take a Personal Day today and head down to the cooling lakes and do a little fossil collecting at Pit 11, I was only out for about 2 1/2 hours. The day was cool, 37 degrees and with a 13 mph wind, it made the “feels like” temp 30 degrees. Luckily, I was collecting in a bowl like depression at the top of a high ridge, so I did not feel the wind and I only needed a light hoodie to stay warm. Pit 11 is no way near what it use to be. Back then there was no vegetation and the concretions were easily found. After the reclaiming of the land and reseeding, it
  9. MaizyMae

    Mazon Creek

    Greetings! My grand daughter and I are planning a trip to Chicago in May. And we were excited to locate a place close to Chicago to hopefully find a fossil or two to take home with us. We have no idea what we are doing, only that we want to do this. We are looking for someone who is experienced and knowledgeable about Mazon Creek. If this is you, please contact me via PM. Thank you
  10. Today was a nice day, low 40’s F this morning and seeing that we are supposed to get 3-5 inches of snow, I decided to go with a friend of mine to collect at a site that I had not collected before. It was not a very productive site, but it was nice to get out collecting. I only found two concretions that were opened (Neuropteris and a Pecopteris) and they were both very weathered. Here are some of the concretions as I found them.
  11. When I got home from work today one of my neighbors called and asked me to come over to his house, when I arrived I saw that he had 3 large containers of fossils, rocks, etc. He reminded me that several years ago I gave 2 of his kids some fossils and that they recently went through them and kept what they wanted and asked me if I wanted the others back, of course I said yes. I cannot tell you what they kept, but I think there were a couple Oreodont upper skulls and probably a couple other cool pieces. Here is the stuff I brought back home. Most of the trilobites I belie
  12. Siderite nodules coeval with those of Mazon Creek and containing comparable fauna and flora are also found in Great Britain and Poland, where this Euproops originated. Reference: Filipiak, P. & Krawczynski, W. (1996). Westphalian xiphosurans (Chelicerata) from the Upper Silesia Coal Basin of Sosnowiec, Poland. - Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 41, 4, 413-425.
  13. ChicagolandFossilGuy

    Mazon Creek Jellyfish?

    Location: Mazon Creek (Illinois) I think some or all of these may be jellyfish, but I'd like to defer to others. If they are not jellyfish, what are they? The last two photos are both sides of the same pieces. There appears to be something on both sides. Thank you for your time.
  14. Current forecast is perfect – rain all weekend but sunny and clear on Monday. Fingers crossed it stays that way! Hope to see some of you out there.
  15. Caverat

    Unknown Mazon Creek Fossil

    A specimen from the 1970's or 1980's, but unfortunately date and specific locality are lost to the ravages of mind.... I would appreciate any help in un-Insertae sedising this one! The light blue grid is one inch.
  16. ChicagolandFossilGuy

    Mazon Creek fossil IDs

    Hi guys. I'm looking for some more help identifying these Mazon Creek (Illinois) fossils. I think one is some sort of calamites? Thanks for your time.
  17. Today I had the pleasure of attending I & M Canal Corridor Trip to collect on the "actual" Mazon Creek (River) in Morris, Illinois. I believe that this is the 11th year for this trip, which is held on Saturday and Sunday on a 400 acre farm that has access to the river. This is the first time that I have participated in this trip and thanks must go out to Rich @stats for letting me know about this trip last year. In January of this year Rich contacted me again to let me know that the sign-up for the trip was on line, so on 1-6-20 I sent my payment of $150.00 in and reserved my space. Some o
  18. jikohr

    Mazon Creek id help

    Hey everyone, I recently got a bunch of stuff from Mazon Creek, which I have zero experience with. I would really appreciate some help in identifying this stuff, so here's a few of the things. Everything is from Mazon Creek Pennsylvanian in siderite concretions, the scale bar is in mm. The picture labels are what came to mind looking at them. Thanks Everyone!
  19. Hollie Bird

    Mazon creek purchase

    Hello everyone As a quick Christmas present to myself (mainly driven by being unable to get out in the field) I bought a cheap job lot of mazon creek fossils. The lot was entitled fossil wood and was advertised as partials and repaired specimens which I was happy with at that price. However this wee oddity was included as well. It appears to be something soft bodied? I'd love some more info from any mazon creek knowledgeable folk out there if possible. Thanks in advance. Approximate size of feature is 35mm Hollie
  20. Today I was looking at fossils that I have paid any real attention too in quite a while. I figured that I would try and organize some of them and I started moving containers and pulling out concretions that contained coprolites. The pieces that I was working with were larger pieces, and that is what this post will show. I have found coprolites in the Essex (Marine) and Braidwood (Fresh) biotas. Many collectors in the past would skip over coprolites, just like they did with Essexella asherea Jellyfish, but that is not me, I would pick them all up. Mazon Creek coprolites have been known to conta
  21. Collected at Mazon Creek, Essex #11 in Illinois in 1973, but it wasn't a typical ironstone concretion. Just a large piece of ironstone(?), with lots of tiny white segmented elongated ovals. The light blue grid is one inch. Magnified image is 40X.
  22. Thomas.Dodson

    Pit 11 Summer Fossils

    Over the Summer I conducted research in Illinois so naturally I spent as much time as I could collecting fossils. I had a particular interest in collecting Mazon Creek concretions. I had the fortune of making one trip to the area once over a decade ago but that was short and I didn't collect any Essex stuff. Because of that I focused in on Pit 11 this time. Summer may not be the best time for collecting there but my time in Illinois was limited and going in summer beats not going at all. Over the summer I persistently traveled to Pit 11 from Urbana 5 or 6 times. Most of the concretions are now
  23. Hi all, I've been working on the pit 11 concretions I collected this summer and some difficult identifications have piled up. These might not be preserved enough to be identifiable but they seem preserved decently enough that some people might have a better idea for identification. Any help is appreciated. Measurements are the lengths of the fossil and not the concretion. The first fossil measures 30 mm across. This seems like it's probably just a weird shrimp molt? Fossil #2 measures 15 mm across. I don't hold out much hope for this one as it's rather broken up an
  24. Thomas.Dodson

    Pit 11 Poychaete Identification Help

    Hi all, this is one of the polychaete worms from the batch of Pit 11 concretions I'm working on. From what I can see of the conical jaws it most closely resembles Didontogaster corydylina but the jaws blend a bit together and aren't as distinct as some other specimens I've found. The body profile seems a little off (no swollen front section for one) so I wanted to ask for second opinions. Am I getting too hung up on the profile of a body that could just be more outstretched? I appreciate everyone's thoughts.
  25. I decided to take the time and try to shoot pictures of slides that I received years ago from my Fossil Mentor Walter Lietz. They are slides that he would show and talk about at the various Fossil talks that he would give prior to us taking the participants out collecting. This post may take me a couple days to complete due to the number of slides that I have to take pictures of. I have tried to do this before, but the machine I was using made it difficult. This time I am using a lighted hand held slide viewer and shooting them with my I Phone. It is tedious, since I then have to e-mail them t
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