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  1. DisorderedK

    Are any of these Mazon Creek Fossils?

    Hi everyone, After the thunderstorm yesterday, me and some friends drove up to the Ponderosa area of Mazon creek park to look for fossils. It was our first time, and we didn't know the specifics of what to look for, but we spent three hours walking the whole perimeter of the lake, braving the aggressive swarms of biting insects. Can anyone here tell me if any of the rocks we found are the right ones to possibly contain fossils? Attached is a picture of all the rocks, and an album with closeup pictures. https://photos.app.goo.gl/XoCZQJwgWU7dbcoS7 Thanks
  2. fossilized6s

    My Monster, Monster

    A fellow member and i went out to Mazon today. We decided instead of by land we would travel by sea today. I brought a canoe and it worked fantastic! We both found some good stuff (worms, ferns, possible insect, shrimp, sea cucumbers, etc). But i think this tops them all. I was thinking of just posting this in my "Mazon Creek Finds" thread, but i think it deserves it's own. Thanks for looking! My 8 3/8" 95% complete Tully Monster! Eye bar Unfortunately when the nod split it didn't split the cleanest, and it left a bunch of random spots on the piece. Does anyone know, could i ge
  3. Fossil hunting season at Illinois's Mazonia-Braidwood State Fish and Wildlife Area, the iconic Pit 11, runs from March to September every year. I didn't make it to the park at all last year, so I wanted to get out there on day 1 this year. I took the day off work and thankfully the weather cooperated- it was cloudy and in the 30s for most of the day. I picked up my rental car at 7:30 in the morning and hit the road for the 90 minute drive north. I wasn't the first one at the park, though- I saw a few other folks heading out on the trail with buckets in hand as I pulled into the pa
  4. Close up of first dorsal spine Lit.: R. Zangerl. 1979. New Chondrichthyes from the Mazon Creek fauna (Pennsylvanian) of Illinois. Mazon Creek Fossils 449-500
  5. oilshale

    Esconichthys apopyris BARDACK, 1974

    Described by Bardack in 1974 as larval lungfish.
  6. Lit.: Schram F. R. 1974. Mazon Creek caridoid Crustacea. Fieldiana: Geology, 30: 9-65.
  7. Today was the opening of the 2017 Mazon Creek Fossil Season at the Mazonia-Braidwood Wildlife Area which encompasses the famed Pit 11 (Essex Biota) . After major storms last night, I figured that I would drive the 50 miles from my house and collect at a location that is difficult to climb up to and ever harder to bushwhack through. I only go to this area at the beginning of the fossil season because of three reasons: First, there are no leaves on the trees / bushes, which makes it easier to see where you are going. Second, there are no ticks- at least I hope so and third, I have found Tully Mo
  8. Carboniferouspat

    Mazon Creek Unknown

    I need some help with a pit 11 unknown. Reminders me oy a “Y” but it has bulbous ends on the appendages. Any thoughts? Pat
  9. I've had some luck cracking open my first trove of nodules and my students have found a few cool things too. I haven't ID'd everything yet and would appreciate any suggestions on that topic. I'll be posting more photos as I get through the material. Our collection was carried out at the end of September, 2017 as a part of the Ecology and Evolution class I teach in the Environmental Studies department of Lake Forest College. Here's a jelly from a small nodule that gave up both the positive and negative casts. Here's an awesome polycheate one of my students found.
  10. As I was going through pictures today to post a picture of a friends Bandringa rayi, I started to look through some pictures that I had taken of the Mazon Creek area in the late 80's and early 90's and figured that some members might like to see the area(s). When the Mazon Creek Project was active and run by Northeastern Illinois University you could contact them for and an orange Permanent Collecting pass. Before you could receive the pass, you had to sign a release and get it notarized. The Mazon Creek Project would then send the larger orange card that was signed by the collecto
  11. CBOB

    Mazon Creek ID help

    So my wife and I loaded up the canoe and headed down to Mazonia South Unit Pit 11 for a day of some paddling and of course some fossil (nodule) hunting. We did really well on the nodule collecting. I happened to find this and was my most exciting find of the day. I found it face down in the mud and full of mineral staining and only found this half of it. After a little prep/cleaning tonight a lot of the details came out. I have no idea what I have here. Any help or ideas with this one? The first picture is more for scale. The remaining pictures were taken with my cell phone
  12. I've tentatively identified a number of Mazon pieces in my possession, and I was wondering if I could get some confirmations or corrections from those of you (all of you) who are more knowledgeable and experienced than I. The first (#1) based on length, fossilization curvature, and the pyritized mouth and throat slit, I believe to be Gilpichthys greenei.
  13. Last Thursday decided to get out to Pit 11, Mazonia South Unit, Illinois for a day of collecting nodules and fossils. We've had a lot of rain and Thursday was clear. With all the rain, nodules are easier to see when wet as they jump out as a bright red compared to the green forest floor. And the rain hopefully erodes some fresh nods out of the ground. I sometimes go on foot for collecting but thought I would break out the kayak to get to where I need to go more efficiently. The woods are getting quite overgrown already but I haven't been out much th
  14. fossilized6s

    Mazon Creek Finds

    This is my first year hunting Mazon Creek and I've found some cool stuff so far. I'm starting this thread not only for myself but for others to show off their personal Mazon Creek finds that you're proud of. I will be continuously adding to this thread to show pictures and i may need help with IDs. We all love pictures, so don't be shy. Show us what you got! And someone please correct any mistaken IDs (that's how we learn) Edit: IDs added Pecopteris mazoniana-Pit 2 Alethopteris serli-Pit 2 Lobetelson partial Shrimp-Pit 11 Achistrum (Sea Cucumber)-Pit 11 Rhaphidiophorus
  15. I was able to get out one day this March and collect some Mazon Creek nodules from Pit 11. I found all these as they were and all of them were weird enough to keep. Any help with ID's on any of them? Even if some aren't fossils I thought they were at least unique compared to the many solid dud nodules you find with the freeze/thaw process. Thanks! 1. 2. 3.
  16. deutscheben

    Mazon Creek Shrimp? Mystery

    This nodule from Pit 11 split earlier this week. It has a vaguely shrimp-like outline, including 2 "limbs" towards the top of the concretion, but that might just be wishful thinking. Any other suggestions as to what this might be, if anything? Thanks!
  17. I had this weekend completely free, and with Fossil Hunting season having just started March 1 at the Mazonia-Braidwood State Fish and Wildlife Area, I decided to head up early this morning and look for some Pit 11 nodules. I had tried last year in April, but on that trip I got lost on the way and took a 1 1/2 hour detour (I ended up in Kankakee!), then wasn't sure where to look in the park once I got there. It was a beautiful day, so I still enjoyed being outdoors, but out of the 15 or so nodules I found, the only recognizable fossil was a poorly preserved Essexella. After a year of research
  18. Hi FF, I purchased this off of eBay last year - and after reviewing and looking at reference ID books. I am beginning to suspect I may have been duped. I purchased this advertised as a fish fin. Although I believe it looks like either equisetites or lepidophylloides. Thoughts greatly appreciated.
  19. It was only a matter of time, i guess. I finally found my first Mazon Creek "insect"! I found this nodule at pit 11 south unit in the essex fauna. Finding this there is a bit strange, i would have more expected it from the Braidwood fauna. I wish there was more of it. But beggars can't be choosers, right? Haha Euphoberia sp. (Spiny Millipede) It's not the best looking chap in the bunch, but it's a welcomed addition to my collection.
  20. fossilized6s

    Mazon Creek Id Needed Please

    I thought this to be a very defined trail with signs of locomotion. But it looks more like "body segments". Then I thought Shrimp, but it looks too "wormy" to be a shrimp. It also is preserved in an arch, which says all of thee above......ugh. This is from pit 11. All opinions are welcomed. And as always, it's much appreciated, TFF. It's hard to see, but there is a US dime placed in the first picture.
  21. evannorton

    Mazon Creek - Fish Scales

    Hi FFs- I am sure one of these is a fish scale - the other I believe is.... Any thoughts appreciated? This one I am confident on: This one I'd appreciated confirmation: Thanks, Evan
  22. evannorton

    Mazon Creek - Polychaetes

    Here are the pictures: I am sure on the ID on this one but it was nice to see open after the gift that is winter. Mazopherusa prinosi Fan Worm (this isn't from pit 11 either - it is from the braceville location) Here is another I am fairly confident on: I believe this to be a Plain Worm Astreptoscolex Anasillosus..from Pit 11...Do folks agree? Finally, this one I am confused on...any thoughts? image will be in first reply.
  23. evannorton

    Mazon Creek - Shrimp?

    I believe this to be Essoidia epiceron - but I am not sure. Any thoughts?
  24. evannorton

    Mazon Creek - Shrimp Molt

    I believe this is a shrimp molt - any possibility of a specific species?
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