Belotelson Magister - Mazon Creek Shrimp Crustacean Fossil - Pit 11
Name: Belotelson magister
Class: Crustacea; Order: Belotelsonidea
Geological Time: Pennsylvanian (~300 m.y.a.)
Size: 43 mm long on a 55 mm by 35 mm nodule
Fossil Site: Mazon Creek, Pit 11, Francis Creek shale, Braidwood, Illinois
This specimen is a member of an extinct lobster-like order that flourished during the Carboniferous in North America and Europe.
This nodule measures: 1 3/4 " long
The nodule weighs: 1.1 oz
Note: Mazon Creek fossils do not always open in 2 equal pieces. As you will see by the photo, this was the case with this fossil. When the fossil nodules open in more then two pieces, it is common place to glue the respected pieces. As you will see by the photo, this was the case with this fossil. T is a piece that is glued, and a piece not glued. Still, this is a fine specimen showing great detail.
Mazon Creek is a world famous lagerstätten located southeast of Chicago, Illinois in the central United States. The fossils are found in ironstone concretions formed during the Pennsylvanian Period of the Paleozoic some 300 million years ago. The Mazon Creek concretions are noted for containing exquisitely preserved fauna and flora, including the soft tissues that rarely fossilize.
The following is an artist rendition of how the animal would look like in life:
No paleontologist fossil collection is complete without a Mazon Creek Fossil specimen of this type included!
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