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  1. Hello to everybody! I'm kinda new here, but before I start I must say I really love this forum! It has really great vibes and you instantly can tell that this is a good and friendly community! So, I am ziggycardon, I live in Belgium, close to the border of the Netherlands and when we start speaking geologically, I live on the same cretaceous sediments as where the first major Mosasaurus discoveries where done! Unfortunatly I have never been on a fossil hunt myself and everything currently in my collection was bought or given to me. But I hope to change that soon, as I am dying to go hunting myself. Maybe the Chalk sediments 3 km from my home would be a good place to start! For the rest, my job, my major hobby and my other main interest besides fossils are living animals. I currently work as the head of terrarium & aquarium in 3 different pet stores and I have quite a collection of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and tropic fish myself. In my spare time I often take my own living animals along with my fossils and other educational natural history material to schools so I can teach kids about nature and it's history and hidden mechanics. For the rest are my other hobbies mainly based around movies and televisions as I collect a lot of stuff drom my favorite franchises like "Lord or the Rings" & "The Hobbit", "Game of Thrones, "Pirates of the Caribbean", ... And I also attent a lot of comic cons and other events related to those franchises. But then this topic! In this topic I will show my collection of fossils (and also minerals, stones and meteorites) as it is right now and then I will highlight each group of fossils bit by bit. I am currently starting with a own specialized fossil room, so ofcourse the progress and end result will also be posted here! And ofcourse when something get's added to my collection, I'll show it here as well. Sometimes a photo of my "special" pets or taxidermy specimens might pop up, but this topic will mainly be about the fossil room and my fossil collection. For the rest, if you have any comments or questions about the collection or about me or about anything, feel free to ask! I'd love to reply!
  2. Fossil fair "Lithos Harelbeke"

    On Sunday December the 1st we attended to a fossil fair close to our home, it was a 15 minute drive to the town of Harelbeke where the event took place. It was the fair of the “Litos” geology club with a multitude of stands, from local collectors to professional sellers. Natalie helped at the entrance of the fair where free raffle tickets were given to the visitors to attend to a tombola. There were a few stands that sold old collection lots, here I bought 2 boxes of Albian ammonites for a very good price. for the record, Harelbeke is situated here : A few guidlines for the sellers: Pictures of the fair: My acquisitions:
  3. Hi everyone, saturday I went on my 2nd fossil hunting trip with my fossil club to the Wienerberger quarry in Rumst in the Rupel area near Antwerp (Belgium). We hunted mainly in a thin Miocene layer dating back to the Burdigalian around 20.43 - 15.97 million years ago. We found many shark teeth, most of which are C. hastalis, but there are a few I can't quite identify as shark teeth are not really my area of expertise and I was not acquainted with the location until my visit. So I was hoping some experts could me out or someone who is familiar with the species from the location. I did send an email to one of the excursion leaders from the trip, but he admitted not being a sharkteeth expert himself either and couldn't help me much further with ID's. So any help would be welcome. So the first batch of teeth are what I all believe to be C. hastalis. I am pretty confident with my ID on them but the other teeth are a mystery for me. These two teeth are pretty beaten up. The tooth on the right has no enamel layer anymore and I doubt an ID is impossible. But the tooth on the right could be beat-up C. hastalis but I am not sure, it also kinda looks like a pretty beat-up Carcharocles angustidens. The latter can be found at the location and are usually found in the bad condition due to the fact that they were present in a now lost layer a little bit older than the one were most shark teeth were. But as said before I am not an expert and I am just purely speculating with the little info on the location I have. I don't really know how to ID these teeth. Are they C. hastalis but located on different locations in the jaws than the previous C. hastalis teeth or do these belong to a different species? Then there are these 3 teeth that I don't know how to ID We also found a few small shark teeth of which I believe they might belong to a different species than C. hastalis And then the last tooth is this one, on first sight it kinda looks like a C. hastalis tooth but when you take a closer look you can see that the edges are serrated. So I wonder whether anyone know what species this could be? Well that were all, I would really appreciate some help for their ID's Thank you in advance!
  4. This saturday Natalie and I went on a fossil hunting trip to my favorite huntingspot in the hope to find a few devonian cephalopods. The weather conditions were cold but sunny to cloudy and the rain of the last week removed the dust from the rocks (although making the place muddy ) Not a lot had changed since our last visit, no expansion in the quarry or new scree piles so it didn't look verry prommising. But with a little perseverence we did get our haul of goniatites and orthocones. most came from the upper parts of the quarry so the were a bit wethered, although Natalie found a few very nice specimen. My best find was a rare nautiloid, but I have to prepp it out to see how it will turn out. after the hunting trip we visited an old marble quarry hidden in the forests in the area: Enjoy the pictures some vieuws of the area when leaving the quarry: some of the finds of the trip:
  5. Into the Devonian reefs

    Last weekend we went to a fieldtrip with the BVP ( Belgian Associaton for Paleontology ) to my favorite quarry We had the opportunity again to prospect the frasnian deposits around this fossil reef. There hasn’t been a lot of activity in the quarry since last time, so the finds were less frequent than normal, but we still did find a decent haul of fossils, mainly cephalopods. The great weather conditions and the good company made this a very fine fieldtrip and ended with a visit to a local tavern for a few refreshments. (pictures by anthonie Hellemond (c) )
  6. Help needed with shark teeth

    Hello, I went out collecting shark teeth at the beach near Knokke (West-Flanders, Belgium). The teeth found in Knokke are from Paleogene and Neogene period. I only took those which I think are still pretty good preserved for determination. I tried myself for putting names on it but I think I'll need help anyway Someone who can help me out with my sharkies? 1) Sylvestrielamia teretidens or Striatolamia macrota? 2) Physogaleus secundus 3) Brachycarcharias lerichei? 4) Sylvestrilamia teretidens? 5) 6) Lamna nasus or Odontaspis hopei? 7) Striatolamia macrota?
  7. fossil fair BVP

    I didn't realy found a category to post this so I put it in the fossil hunting trip section; Yesterday our paleontology club had its annual fossil fair in Sint-Gillis-Waas in Belgium. A small but convivial fair with lots of regional fossils and of course the publications of the club; The fossils were very reasonably prised, I usualy dont buy fossils, but we got a realy good deal on an Iggy vert from IOW. We also saw @gigantoraptor again Enjoy the pictures:
  8. Shark teeth from Belgium?

    Please help me identify these teeth. I bought them at a fossil shop, out of a box labeled "42 million years old discovered in Balegem, Belgium". Where I am confused is that there were several H. Serra teeth in the box, which from my research should not be found in this location. Thus all these teeth are suspect at this point.
  9. It has been a while since we went to my favorite hunting spot near Chimay in Belgium, so I was realy eager to go back when we got there we had a little surprise, the whole back of the quarry was transformed in a motor cicle trail, apparantly this sunday there wil be a race and a lot of the bikers were prospecting the trail on foot in preparation of the race. luckily this didnt hinder us on our search, and this opend even opportunities since they dug through some of the stoone piles to make the trail thus revieling new material to go through, although we were careful not to dammage the trail. my first find was a strange large nodule covered in mud, at first vieuw it looked to be a big goniatite, and since it was found near the car I directly put it in the trunk without giving it further ispection. after looking on the sides of the new tracks we went to the big scree where we usually hunt, the heavy rains from the past few weeks cleared a lot out and we did find a few very well preserved goniatites. On the top of the scree pile Natalie found a huge specimen: a goniatite of around 40cm an not far from it I found a 2nd large one . we had a very sccesful field trip today with great wether conditions ( mabey a little to hot ) and excelent finds. my biggest surprise was when I drove home, I stopped at a self carwash to clean of the mud of the big specimens with a high pressure cleaner. The first mud coverd nodule that I put in the car wasn't a goniatite, but a nodule with 3 nautiloids on it, 2 incomplete, but a big one in the center. A vieuw on the race track: A toad hiding in the rubble. Natalie at the spot where she found the big goniatite: the huge specimen she found: and a 2nd one : A lot of life in the pools in the quarry: A realy nice Manticoceras sp waiting for me more shales and limestone to go through: A stop for water and snacks after the hunt, and of course a lot of local beers on sale "Chimay" beer: the large specimens after the high pressure cleaner: the surprise Nautiloids after the mud was removed: I still have alot of unpacking to do and prepp work in the next few days. I'll post updates in this post.
  10. Hi everyone, I'm very new to everything to do with Fossils, so bear with me. Recently i went to Antwerp, Belgium to look for some shark teeth. I found a few teeth in about 3 hours of siving. Even though most were broken, i'd like to be able to identy atleast the whole ones. I'd gladly appreciate any help i can get! 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  11. Devonian cephalopod collection

    I finaly got around putting all my best cephalopods specimens that I collected over the past 4 years in the frasnian of southern Belgium on there place in the cabinets. They all come from the same location. (except an orthocone and a receptaculites from the same age but from a different spot ) most of it has already been posted in individual posts, but this gives an overal vieuw of the part of the collection on display. Enjoy al the Manticoceras, Crickites, Tornoceras, Bactrites, Orthocones and more
  12. With the Belgian Asociation for Paleontology we made an excursion to the quarry at Soignies. The rock exists out of mixing layers of hard limestone and softer claystone. The quarry is rich in carboniferous fauna with corals, brachiopods and two species of trilobites. When entering the quarry we were welcomed by a young peregrine falcon who was flying next to the high stone wall, which was awesome. It was beautiful weather and the quarry contains a variety of fossils. I'm happy I was able to collect a diversity of organisms that represent the Tournaisian periode. I also found more trilobites on this day than in my whole carreer as a fossil hunter... I found exactly two pieces Caninia sp. (Michelin, 1840) Cummingella belisama (HAHN, HAHN & BRAUCCKMANN, 1985) Leptaena analoga (Phillips, 1836) Michelina favosa (Goldfuss, 1826) Calcite? Cummingella belisama (HAHN, HAHN & BRAUCCKMANN, 1985)
  13. Hello, Yesterday we went on a fieldtrip to the carbinoferous of Soignies Belgium, see other topic: I had the luck on my side and found 2 shark teeth. Helodus and/or Psammodus? So this morning i started the preparation I forgot to take pictures at the start of the prepp of this one There was only a little glimp to see at this one, so i was pleasantly surprised The second one (it's a huge one) i started but not finished yet
  14. Hi everyone! I recently acquired some dolphin & shark teeth, but they weren't ID'd so I was wondering if some of you might be able to help me out if possible. The first are a set of small dolphin teeth found in Hoevenen, Antwerp in Belgium (Miocene, 15 - 10 mya) And I was wondering if they could be ID'd to down to genus? I've read Eurhinodelphis is a common find and that there are quite a few more named and unnamed species to be found there. The other fossils that I hoped to be ID'd are 5 tiny shark teeth from Oosterzele (Lede formation), Belgium (Eocenen, Lutetian, approx. 44 million years old) I've searched this website as they has a database with I believe all the species found there, but I am not confident and skilled enough to ID them properly. http://users.skynet.be/belgiansharkteeth/Lede formation/Oosterzele set.html My best guesses are that the first 3 teeth belong to the same species and the most common at Oosterzele, which are worn down Otodus auriculatus teeth. As for the other teeth I don't really know, so I really would appreciate some help and input. Thanks in advance!
  15. Bactrites sp.

    I've been cleaning up a few boxes with devonian fossils from the past few months and came around this nice little fellow. I cleaned him up and gave him a paraloid treatment to preserve the pyrite. It is a complete specimen of a Bactrites sp. from the Matagne shales ( Frasnian, late Devonian ) from Belgium, both phragmocone and body chamber are preserved. They are a little unusual, as the do not belong to the nautiloids as his first appearance might suggest but they have their own subclass and are considered to be the ancestors of the ammonids ( they have a ventral syphuncle like all the ammonoids ) Fragments of them often pop up from the shales, but I rarely find them complete. This one is going in the display cabinets
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    From the album Belgium

    Great white sadly stolen
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    From the album Belgium

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    From the album Belgium

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    From the album Belgium

    Squalodon found Antwerp
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    From the album Belgium

    Random megalodons from Belgium most of the them are given away to children in the museum
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    From the album Belgium

    random stuff
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    From the album Belgium

    Big hastalis over 8,2cm or 3,2 inch from hoevenen antwerp only took me 15 years
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    From the album Belgium

    My old vitrine as a kid
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    From the album Belgium

    I thought it use to be a photo of tigers but, I see we have a koekoek hidden.
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    From the album Belgium

    Somniosus Antwerp Belgium
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