An exceptional and highly detailed leaf from a medium size tree that grew in the lush forests of Central Illinois. Easily recognizable one of the Mazon Creek flora. These are formed in Ironstone nodules that are found in the waste dumps of coal mines. Formed during the Mississippian period the area around Mazon Creek, Francis Creek and Mazonia State Park in Illinois these are often prized by fossil collectors.
Ironstone nodules consist of more than 15% iron, such as siderite. The Mazon Creek fossils are found in yellow-brown or orange brown sedimentary nodules.
Unfortunately much of the land where these are found is now private property, ferns and plants such as this are becoming harder and harder to come across.
This split pair specimen is 2 inches long in an ironstone nodule 2 1/4 by 1 1/8 wide.
Francis Creek Shale
Comes is this handsome glass topped collectors display case.
Specimen in the picture is the specimen you will receive.