My Fossil Collection

Fossils in ironstone nodules I collected near my folks’ place on a strip-mine lake near the Mazon Creek in Grundy County near Morris, Illinois. This area is sometimes referred to as one of the Lagerstätten (i.e. mother lode) – one of few places on earth where conditions were just right to preserve a rich deposit of extremely well-preserved fossils. (Mine aren’t in the best shape, but a huge variety of detailed fossils have been found here, including soft-bodied animals such as the Tully monster.) More about the Mazon Creek area (Illinois State Museum). Even more (Wikipedia)

Of course, any assistance identifying these specimens would be greatly appreciated.

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One response to “My Fossil Collection”

  1. Pat Avatar

    Hi there. I stumbled across your site via a google image search for “illinois fossils”. Just wondering what you did with your fossils, it’s a great collection.

    Just curious,



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