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> Lagerstätten


Lagerstätten are deposits that exhibit extraordinary fossil richness and completeness. The word literally translates as "lode places." Perhaps a better (but looser) translation would be "mother lodes." Lagerstätten are the types of deposits that paleontologists search many lifetimes to find.

The Mazon Creek deposit is one world's major Lagerstätten. Other important ones include the following (with ages and locations):

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