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Found 126 results

  1. Mazon Creek Fossil

    To those of you who are serious collectors, this is probably not thought of as an outstanding specimen, but as I'm primarily a mineral collector, I was thrilled to find this piece! I believe it's a section of Calamites, with what I consider some amazing crystallization of calcite and sphalerite.
  2. Mazon ID Help

    I am thinking that this is a Drevotella proteana, with, but not necessarily attached to, a Palaeolima retifera.
  3. Mazon Creek

    Coprolite?
  4. Mazon ID Help

  5. Mazon Creek

    From a flat of specimens identified as from Pit 11. Three dimensional. Small leaf? Thanks! ~Paul
  6. Mazon Creek

    From a flat of specimens identified as from Pit 11. Mouth looks familiar as that of Achistrum, but no dessication cracks. Looking to confirm identification. Thanks! ~Paul
  7. Mazon Creek Tree Stump ?

    Hi all again Found this again in Wilmington sport club, Was told by a friend was petrified tree stump wanted opinions from some of you guys that might have found something like this.
  8. Mazon Creek fossil

    Hi all Found this again in sporting club wilmington area ,not magnetic almost Poop like
  9. Ricky’s Mazon Creek thread

    Hey everybody! Welcome to my Mazon Creek thread, where I’ll be posting pictures of various Mazon Creek finds! I’ve been hunting there for upwards of 10 years, so I have piles of uncracked nodules just waiting to be opened. So as they open, they’ll find their way here! Feel free to jump in and add your own and keep this thread going! And I’m sure there are many that have gone unidentified, so I’ll probably need some help from the experts!
  10. Help With First Mazon Concretion

    Hey everyone, I took my first trip down to collect the famous Mazon Creek concretions over the weekend, and this is one of my first concretions to open so far. I was hoping I could ask for some clarification in what I'm seeing. My first thought was just that it's a clay deposit, because the lighter material which the crack is running through seems to be clay or another substance which is very soft and crumbly. Additionally, there are what appear to be much darker needle-like inclusions of material running randomly through that more crumbly material, which unfortunately I do not know how to photograph. On that note, my apologies for the awful cellphone photographs. I hope they're clear enough for a rough identification. The grayer material on the left is much harder, and appears to be crystalline. I was guessing possibly a shell? (replaced by quartz? does that occur at Mazon?) The white deposits (calcite?) at extreme left seem to be a separate feature from the U-shaped feature stretching across most of the concretion. Thanks so much for your time. I'll try to scrounge up an actual camera soon.
  11. Mazon Identification Help Request

    Hi all, I have been having some trouble with this specimen. It came from a large collection of Mazon pieces I purchased a number of years back from collector Ron Brandt of Normal, Illinois, who self-collected and also purchased several extensive collections from others. Originally it was identified by someone (too far in the past) as an egg sac of some sort, but after some discussion with someone I would consider an expert, a fellow named Dan Damrow, who some of you may know, some doubt has been cast on that identification. I would be interested in any comments or insights you may have. Thanks, Paul
  12. Two Mazon Shrimp or Shrimp and Molt?

    Hi all, Can someone tell me whether I'm looking at a shrimp that was in the process of molting? Thanks! ~Paul
  13. Seller's Mazon IDs

    Can anyone tell me whether this seller has these IDs right? I figured the first one looks like an Achistrum (sea cucumber) to me. The seller has others that I have questions about too but won't post them all. @RCFossils ?
  14. Tiny Mazon plants

    I collected some small nodules last week and when I tried to open this one the top split to reveal this. I decided to hit the larger part one more time to see if I could uncover the rest. Instead the larger piece split in half and this is what was inside the same nodule. Are these annularia? They are very different from the other fossil I found in the right picture which I am pretty sure is annularia.
  15. Braidwood Iron Concretions

    I FINALLY got something recognizable that didn't flake or crumble and now I don't know what it is. It was collected near Monster Lake in Braidwood. According to my identification book it may be a Cyperite, however, the book also says that these are "uncommon in most areas."
  16. I am new to the fossil collecting hobby and am attempting to open my iron concretions collected in Braidwood, IL using the freeze thaw method. I am doing it in my freezer in a single layer in a plastic shoe box. When they are thawing at room temperature the outer layers are crumbling. The nodes have not split yet. Is that normal or am I doing something wrong? Thanks.
  17. Went out this afternoon hunting for Mazon Creek fossils in Mazonia-Braidwood. We spent about three hours searching for concretions without a lot of luck. We did find a couple of small ones. I wanted to check out one more area before we left and we ended up finding the attached. It is the largest one I have ever seen (in person or on the internet). It is hard to tell, but that is a quarter on it. When I went to pick it up, the nodule on top detached from the lower half. That nodule is probably the largest one I have ever collected. It is clear by looking at it that it used to be one large piece. My question to the group is, has anyone found anything this large? Should I try to open it myself (freeze/thaw) or try to find someone more experienced?
  18. Unknown mazon help

    Going through my collection, I've come back across some pieces that I am unsure of, some of them may not even be fossils, others I have an idea about but I'd like to hear the community's thoughts. 1 coprolite, plant, mineralization? 2 shrimp antennae or legs? 3 4 5 6 trace fossil or "H" 7 8 partial scallop? 9 coprolite, mineralization, worm? 10 11 I'm 95% sure it's plant but I want to make sure it's not tooth
  19. Mazon Creek ID

    Hi all again Found this at work will post more later do you think it could be fish? Have digital microscope will look later when I get home , just going over photos on phone won’t let me post others have to resize. It’s about 1/2 “
  20. This is a drawing I made a couple weeks ago. It is Euproops danae, a Pennsylvanian Horseshoe crab from the Mazon Creek (proper). My nodule is 100% complete with no restorations. Being a Mazon specimen, it comes from the Francis Energy Shale and is about 300 million years old. This drawing was done on textured paper with 2B and 4B pencils.
  21. Mazon Creek Plate

    Hi all found this other day nice plate recognized some of plant fossils on it don’t know what bigger one is ,input greatly appreciated Thanks as always
  22. Mazon Creek ID

    Hi there had a successful outing at Mazon Creek today! Came back home with a 5 gallon bucket full of nodules. Made it a long walk back to the car though! Was hoping to get some insight on some of the preopened nodules and the ones that crack open in the future. 1.) 2.) Sorry if pictures are poor quality, I tried my best. Please let me know if better ones are needed .
  23. Hi, I am not a fossil hunter but accidentally discovered the ability to find 300,000,000 yr old fossils in Mazon Creek on a TV show. Wow!!! I've been researching all day and now want to take my family there for spring break in March! Our story (short) & my questions: My daughter is very interested in science and nature and critters. She spends hours outside digging contently for rocks, loves bugs, has rock collections, books on rocks & minerals, etc. She struggles in the classroom (3rd grade) and learns best by hands on experience. She would absolutely be in heaven here- our whole family would! I love to help my daughter experience her interests through our adventures. What advice could you give a family of 3 who has never hunted fossils? We are in Missouri so interested in camping close by- does anyone know of any good evening Camping places? Do we need to register with the state park and get daily admission? Should we go where most tourists go or off the beaten path? Is it possible for newbies to find a few fossils? Even if we found the most common we'd be so excited! We love exploring and take small hikes as a family. Are there spots within a couple miles of the "road" or parking? I truly appreciate any help! I will keep researching as well. I hope we can go and see this unbelievable history!!
  24. Mazon Flora help

    I've had a few specimens in my collection that I have questions about and am seeking some clarification. #1 another view #2 #3
  25. I Lied

    Sorry, I forgot about this one. If I post another within two weeks, I promise to distribute my entire Mazon collection among you all. Offer void in the United States and other countries. I think I know what this is, as I see a similar image of one in an RCFossils album. But just to double check, this is what I believe it to be: Mamayocaris Jaskowskii.
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