The 1997 Mazon Creek fauna book, Richardson's Guide to The Fossil Fauna of Mazon Creek, by Charles w. Shabica and Andrew A. Hay, ed., is now available in limited quantities at the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability for $50.00.
Limited quantities of this comprehensive reference are available while they last. The volume is out of print. The guide is a valuable asset for both professional paleontologists and amateur collectors because the well-preserved fossils from the Mazon Creek area of northeastern Illinois provide the most complete known record of late Paleozoic life. The volume is a systematic account of the area’s diverse animal fossils, especially marine and freshwater fauna. Discussed are the area’s coal mining fossil collecting, the geologic and environmental setting, and fossil distribution. Individual chapters provide detailed information about the fossil groups represented at Mazon Creek.