Enigmatic Mazon Creek Tully Monster with Grasping Claw

Tulimostrum gregarium


Geological Time: Pennsylvanian (~300 million years ago)

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Body: 140 mm long (along central axis) and 37 mm wide (maximum) on a 150 mm by 50 mm nodule pair. Claw: 45 mm long by 4 mm wide with attached proboscis on a 50 mm by 33 mm nodule half

Fossil Site: Francis Creek shale, Braidwood, Illinois (Mazon Creek)

Fossil Code: CB01

Price: Sold

Tully Monster ClawDescription: The Mazon Creek deposits of the region near Braidwood, Illinois rival the other famous Lagerstatten of the Burgess Shale, Solnhofen, and Liaoning for the variety of detailed life preserved. Many exquisitely-preserved specimens are found in the ironstone nodules that make up the deposits. The majority of collecting areas are the spoil heaps of abandoned coal mines, the most famous of which is TulimostrumPeabody Coal Pit 11. Pit 11 now serves as a cooling pond for the Braidwood nuclear power plant, but with over 100 other localities, specimens still come to light. This specimen shows most of the famous Tully Monster, named for Francis Tully who first collected it in 1958. It is endemic to Illinois, and is the state fossil. Note the “eye bar”, and the curved proboscis in the head region. The true affinities of this mystery animal are not known, some scientists think it may be related to the Gastopoda (snails), but this is far from decided at this point. The feature that makes this a most unusual specimen is seen in the smaller nodule which contains the anterior portion of the proboscis and the grasping claw. Tullys are not often seen in a complete state, and this is the most complete example I have been able to acquire, albeit consists of most of one, and the claw of another example.

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