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Found 27 results

  1. Unique Mazon Creek

    After being in and out of the freezer since October this concretion opened yesterday. It is different than anything I've seen before and I haven't been able to match it to anything online or in Wittry's books. I am assuming it is fauna but I'm really not sure. Of course it could be a jellyfish but I've never seen one like this before. Could it be a cephalopod?
  2. Jellyfish? Folded Annularia?

    I found this concretion already opened and heavily coated with dirt and minerals. The few parts I could see poking through gave me hope something was preserved. Now that I have cleaned it up, I am still trying to figure out whether or not the concretion contains a fossil. It can look very different depending on the way you position it. I see a jellyfish looking mantle but the tentacles look different from what I have seen before. Positioned vertically, I start to lose the jellyfish and wonder if it is a partial annularia. Or maybe it is just a lumpily split concretion.
  3. sedimentary rocks or fossils?

    Last time I was hunting fossils at Mazonia I picked up some rocks I found interesting. I don't know if they are fossils or not. The first is full of tiny holes I thought might have been caused by animals-or water .
  4. Sphenophyllum?

    I have two different nodules from September that I think may be Sphenophyllum. Both nodules were found open, one had one half heavily covered in minerals. I did a short rinse in vinegar to clean that off.
  5. Unusually smooth nodule

    I found this half of an open nodule last September when I was hunting at Mazonia Braidwood. It was covered in dirt so I took it home to see if anything would show up when I cleaned it up. The dirt rinsed off easily and I was surprised to find a layered, smooth surface on the inner half. The feel and patterns of colors remind me of the inside of a shell. Has anyone seen this before or have any ideas about what this is?
  6. Mazon Creek fossil id

  7. Worm? Plant? Nothing?

    Any ideas on this? I am wondering about the long, thin, bent looking part on the left.
  8. Successful Freeze Thaw 2

    One of my freezer concretions split to reveal this ghostly image. I believe it is a shrimp and was wondering if anyone knew what kind it might be. I was pleasantly surprised to find it as the top and bottom of the rock had broken off and didn't have any fossil inside. I put it back in the freezer anyway since it appeared to have another layer to split. I am starting to wonder if I should get some of my rejects out of my garden border where I have been putting them.
  9. I have been freezing and thawing this concretion since the end of July and it opened this morning. Initially it seemed to look like some type of insect with wings folded on top of it. I thought the bulbous parts on one end might be a head. However, after I turning it another direction I began wondering if it was a jellyfish. The fossil extends beyond the mineral deposits.
  10. Flora or Fauna?

    Another nodule I found already split. I thought it might be plant matter because of the dark color but the shape reminds me of a lamprey picture that I can no longer find. Probably wishful thinking and imaginative viewing.
  11. 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.
  12. Mazon Creek Bone Fragment?

    I found this nodule already open and thought it was a fossilized piece of wood. However, it is not the usual black color of most of plants I have found. Could this be a bone fragment?
  13. Worm?

    I found this nodule last summer and opened it about a month ago. Could it be a worm? I didn't know if the two adjoining dots on the left were jaws.
  14. Just Geologic or fossils

    I have some nodules I found already opened that have rounded raised or flat curved lines that go against the rest of the directional patterns of the nodule. They seem to be found in oblong or curved shaped nodules. I didn't know if these were actually fossils or just geologic formations. Again, I am afraid to get rid of anything for fear of rejecting an actual fossil in ignorance.
  15. Another plant or maybe an insect?

    This one has the black coloring of some of my plant fossils but the shape suggests an insect to me. Could just be my imagination. Any suggestions?
  16. Twigs and leaves?

    I've noticed some black material in some of my findings. Is this plant material, maybe pieces of twigs or wood? I'm not sure if the bottom picture contains a small leaf or just has dirt impersonating a leaf.
  17. Mazon Plant?

    I found one half of a worn open nodule with asterisk-like grooves crossing the surface. This is a cleaned up version. Is it a fossil or just strange weathering?
  18. To Clean or not to clean?

    These are some open specimens I found at Mazonia Lakes. I think the set may be a crayfish. The other two seem to be some type of plant. I didn't know if I should soak these in vinegar. I am afraid if I do I may not be able to see the detail.
  19. Stains or Fossils?

    After freezing and thawing, I broke open some nodules from Mazonia Lakes that have some interesting patterns inside of them. These are nodules that did not show any signs of opening along any natural cleavage. The first nodule broke in half vertically when the shape (oblong oval) suggested it would open horizontally. The white material seems very thin and reflective, it reminds me of a plastic decal..Any ideas of what they could be?
  20. Any ideas? It is hard to see in the pictures but the body seems segmented and seems to have little dots in each segment. I wasn't sure which way to orient the pictures, I lost detail depending on the tilt towards the light.
  21. Another Jellyfish?

    Two halves of the same nodule.
  22. Bumpy Nodules

    Two halves of the same nodule.
  23. Mineral Deposit or Fossils part II

    Here are some more specimens I found that I am not sure are anything or not. The pair looks like a fish to me. Another view of the second above and another sample.
  24. Mineral Deposits or Fossils

    I found some already opened nodules that I cleaned up. I wasn't sure if these were fossils or just mineral deposits.
  25. Just Rocks or Fossils?

    I found some what I think are rocks at Mazonia that have interesting patterns. They feel gritty like sandstone but I have never seen it with these patterns. Is this a type of sandstone? Could they be fossils? The last two are opposite sides of the same sample.
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