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More than 200,000 specimens are in the geology collections, including 60 type and figured invertebrates, six fish types, and more than 600 type and figured plant fossils. Also represented is a strong collection of Carboniferous fossils from the scientifically and nationally significant Mazon Creek and Rock Island areas of Illinois. The vertebrate paleontology collection is one of the best Late Quaternary mammal fossil collections (50,000+ specimens) in North america; it is especially rich in Pleistocene-aged fossils from the American Midwest. Rocks and minerals in the collection number more than 6,700 specimens.


  Making a Giant Ground Sloth   

Making a Giant Ground Sloth
For the Changes! Exhibition, the Illinois State Museum replicated a Jefferson’s Giant Ground Sloth, an extinct Ice Age mammal.


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