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  1. 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?
  2. 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
  3. 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 “
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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 .
  7. 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!!
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. Mazon Unknowns - Slug?

    To all of those who have made suggestions, educated guesses, and definitive identifications: This is the last one I currently have a question on, and I want you all to know that I have appreciated all of your efforts in helping me to understand and identify some of my more problematic specimens. I have learned a lot from the information on The Fossil Forum, the galleries, and from comments and links provided by everyone. Most of all, I have learned that I know very little, and that makes me appreciate your knowledge even more. Thank you so very much! ~Paul
  11. Mazon Uncertains - 10 ?

    Are these leaves or wood, or nothing at all?
  12. Mazon Uncertains - 9 ?

    The first and last ever discovered baby bottlenose dolphin to be found at Mazon Creek! How lucky am I? Not a clue.
  13. Mazon Uncertails - Tully?

    Really don't have much of a clue, but think I'm seeing a tail fin at the very least.
  14. Mazon Uncertains - 7 ?

    What I first thought to be a Cyclus, after photographing with shadows, looks kind of like a jellyfish (Reticulomedusa?).
  15. Mazon Uncertains - 6 snails?

    One that I initially thought was a coprolite, after photographing and zooming in, I believe I'm seeing a large group of tiny snails.
  16. Mazon Uncertains - 5 shrimp?

    I always thought this was the digestive tract of a worm, but after taking the pictures, I'm fairly convinced that it's a shrimp of some sort.
  17. Mazon Uncertains - 4 ?

    I think I see body structures here, but I'm at a loss.
  18. Mazon Uncertains - 3 shrimp

    Another Acanthotelson Stimpsoni ?
  19. Mazon Uncertains - 2 worm?

    This could be a leaf of some sort, but if so, I don't think it would be typical of Mazon fossils, so I'm inclined to suggest a worm.
  20. Mazon Uncertains - 1 jellyfish?

    This looks very similar to one I posted yesterday, but this one has a very defined outline. My guess would be Essexella jellyfish, or possibly coprolite. It's a little bugger.
  21. Mazon ID Assistance - No. 10

    No idea. Or even if it is a fossil!
  22. I know I've seen images of this type of creature before, with the obvious oval structure, I think, being a mouth.
  23. Mazon ID Assistance - No. 8 Molt?

    Probably a shrimp molt?
  24. Mazon ID Assistance - No.7

    I have not seen any definitive images of leaves of this exact shape and pattern yet. The closest I can find is one of RCFossils images: http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/gallery/image/11888-alethopteris-serli-rcmc0058ajpg/&browse=1 Do you think it's the same?
  25. Mazon ID Assistance - No.6 ?

    I'm doubting my initial thought that this is a leaf impression. It very much resembles some bark imprint images I have seen, but some of the other visual characteristics are misleading. Any thoughts?