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  1. Cheecheecago

    Newbie ID Help 1 - Snails and a twig?

    Hi, my kids and I are completely new to this, would love some help. Also if there is a paleontology version of "Let Me Google That For You", or Fossil ID for Dummies, etc., we'll gladly take those too! We found this one in Pit 11 of Mazon Creek a few weeks ago, on an eroded slope under heavy shrub cover. It was found as-is (exposed), this was not inside a nodule. The rock is harder than the sandstone of the nodules. To my untrained eye it looks like debris in pond muck: snail shells, and a twig. I found a very similar fossil last summer on a rocky beach of Lake Michigan, thoug
  2. Cheecheecago

    Newbie ID Help 2 - Fish tail?

    Hi, my kids and I are completely new to this, would love some help. Also if there is a paleontology version of "Let Me Google That For You", or Fossil ID for Dummies, etc., we'll gladly take those too! We found this one in Pit 11 of Mazon Creek a few weeks ago, on an eroded slope under heavy shrub cover. It was cast in a concretion/nodule that we exposed through freezing and thawing. The nodule was already broken, so we do not have the whole fossil. To my untrained eye it looks like a fish tail (my 8 year old is convinced it is the claw of a Tully monster, of course). Can anyone ma
  3. I went on a bit of an unusual fossil hunt this morning--in my office closet. I'm getting things packed up for a move next month to Gainesville, FL. We're moving up there from South Florida because I've had my fill of hurricanes (and year-round yardwork). In Gainesville I'll be able to volunteer more with the FLMNH. So I'm slowly repositioning the contents of my house into a growing stack of moving boxes. I got to the bottom corner of my office closet today and found a box that had some childhood memories in them. No favorite stuffed animals, no catcher's mitt and baseball, no che
  4. deutscheben

    Mazon Creek Insect Wing or Leaf?

    This concretion from the Mazon Creek area Chowder Flats site split earlier this week but I just had a chance to examine it today. It preserves a narrow ~10 mm long veined object, unfortunately with a portion missing from the middle. The shape and venation makes me think of an insect wing, but it could certainly be a partial leaf of some sort instead. I would love to hear thoughts from anyone with more experience. I had to take the pictures through my loupe since it is so small- the first two are of the part and the third is the counterpart.
  5. Anyone out there have any Tully Monsters they would be willing to trade. Partials ok. PM if you want.
  6. The Mazon Creek deposit records one of the best representations of Pennsylvanian aged millipedes. A variety of different types have been found representing several different orders. This is one of the rarer and lesser known types belonging to a relatively new order named Pleurojulida. Pleurojulus lacks spines and has body segments that consist of an upper and lower plate. It is one of the smallest millipedes that can be found in the Mazon Creek deposit.
  7. Fossildude19

    Mazon Creek: Best of the Best

    Our esteemed member @RCFossils has an impressive collection of fossils from the Mazon Creek deposits. Here, in this pinned topic, we will gather all of his "Best of the Best" topics, so that they may be easily found. Thanks, RCFossils , for making these wonderfully photographed and informative posts!
  8. There are 5 pectinoida (scallops) that can be found in the Mazon Creek deposit. Aside from Aviculopecten mazonensis, all are uncommon to rare. Dunbarella striata is commonly found in Pennsylvanian aged black shales but fairly rare in the Mazon Creek deposit. Like all Mazon scallops, they are only found in the Essex (marine) portion of the deposit. It has a relatively round shell compared to the much more common Aviculopecten. I actually collected this first specimen on March 1st 2020 (opening day for collecting). It just split open this evening and is the largest examp
  9. Chitons are the most primitive of all living mollusks. They belong to a class called Polyplacophora (bearer of many plates). There lineage extends as far back as the late Cambrian. There are over 430 described species in the fossil record. Almost all are only known from individual body plates or valves. The Mazon Creek deposit is one of the only sites in the world where complete examples have been collected. Modern chitons have changed little from Glaphurochiton concinnus. The basic chiton body plan consists of 8 valves made of Aragonite. The front plate is named the cep
  10. Rob Russell

    Mazon Creek ID’s

    Hey Folks, Here are a few whatsits from yesterday’s hunt. First, my gut tells me plant material?
  11. 'Morning, everyone. I appreciate all the input on my last post, which was an outstanding demonstration of the Venn diagram of photography, limited magnification, and apparently wishful thinking... Less of a mystery here -- I'm trying to ID this little (11mm) fella. I collected him in 2010 at the Mazonia-Braidwood South Unit. The ESCONI guide doesn't seem to have anything similar -- thoughts? Thanks.
  12. Runner64

    Mazon Creek ID help

    A few nodules I need help ID with @Nimravis. Essex biota and found in Pit 11. Thanks! #1.) I think this is some type of worm? #2.) Thanks for the help! I may be adding some more in the next few days for ID
  13. Hi, everyone, it's been a minute -- I hope y'all are well and that you and your families are healthy and safe. I'm required to say "y'all" since we moved to New Orleans last summer. Fantastic city, great people, but I won't be peeking in the Chesapeake or anyplace else on the East Coast again any time soon. Then, *this* all happened. During this lockdown, it occurred to me that I could finally get around to trying to identify some of the material I've had sitting in boxes for years (and I'll post a few others). But what do I find when I log onto the FF after ages?
  14. Ok. So, apparently I need my eyes examined... Thanks, everyone. Maybe I'll have better luck with invertebrates. I'll post more photos separately, but here's a preview:
  15. flipper559

    Mazon Creek Finds, ID help please !!

    This first piece is a Mazon Creek fossil from Pit 11. Any help appreciated !! The second one is from the Creek itself, could this be a "fiddlehead" @fiddlehead . Thanks for looking !! Thanks, Phil
  16. 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.
  17. its.just.alec

    Mazon Creek Research Help

    Hello, I am a local undergrad geology student working on a research project dealing with Mazon Creek's Braidwood and Essex Biota. As part of this research, I am required to collect specimens and data on both of these assemblages present. I have been informed that any access to the Fish and Wildlife areas in the Mazonia-Braidwood South Unit is prohibited due to the Illinois DNR's indefinite closure of all fish and wildlife areas, so I am taking this time to research and inquire about access to both assemblages for future reference. That being said, my questions are as follows: Are t
  18. Rob Russell

    Mazon Creek ID

    Hey Folks. Heres another I’m wondering about. It looks like an example of diplocraterion, but I’m not certain. Thanks for the look.
  19. Rob Russell

    Mazon Creek ID

    Here’s another I’m not sure about. It may be nothing? Thanks for the look.
  20. Rob Russell

    Mazon Creek ID

    Hey Folks, Found today at Mazonia. Thanks in advance for your response. Arthropleura?
  21. The Speeding Carno

    Mazon Creek Collecting Forms

    I have been looking into getting started collecting at Pit 11 in Mazon Creek within the Braidwood-Mazon State Park. I know that there are some forms I need to complete to collect at the site. From what I’ve found, the form isn’t even on the park’s website anymore and neither is the report that the form alludes to. Are these forms still valid? Where can I find them? Are there any other rules that I need to know?
  22. Hi guys! Newbie here and finally joined so i could post this after our recent opening day trip to Mazon Creek, Mazonia-Braidwood and Pit 11. My daughter and I found this one and I can't tell if its nothing or something. Maybe an essexella asherae jellyfish? or maybe i'm dreaming. It was already split, we haven't done our freeze/thaw yet on the whole nodules yet. Seems we did manage to get at least two of the pieces that go together - could possibly have the last piece in the bucket still as we are still going through our haul, but after a preliminary look, I suspect this is a
  23. TheRocksWillShoutHisGlory

    Mazon creek arthropods

    I'm wondering if anyone can identify some mazon creek fossils the first 3 I think are shrimp or molts The 4th I was told was a "dragonfly body" I'm not sure what to think about that and am wondering if there is anything identifiable as an insect Finally it's not an arthropod, but just a curious color difference I'd like help with
  24. My granddaughter and I are coming to Chicago from 3-29 to 4-4. We’ve looked for Petoskey stones along the shores of Lake Michigan in Michigan, and found a few small fossils, but we don’t know how to hunt for them or what to look for or what equipment we would need. Any info would be helpful. We are looking into Mazon Creek, but a lot of what I’m finding is that it’s all picked over. Any other sites that would be good for two beginners? Thanks!
  25. jort68

    Mazon concretion IDs...

    Hey guys, I braved the creek yesterday on the first day of hunting season at Mazon. It was a thrilling first time getting to hunt there. These of the surface finds were pretty interesting looking and were among many duds, so I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas as to their classifications. The rest of the lot is in the freezer so look for my thread on that in a bit More concretions in the following posts: Thanks for looking!
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