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Found 133 results

  1. Small Antwerp bivalve

    Hi all, Found this small bivalve in Antwerp, Belgium. Most likely from the Pliocene. That hinge is weird, with that thing sticking out (almost like the Mya shells!). Anyone know what species this is? Thanks in advance! Max
  2. Past weekend we had a "sunny" field trip to my usual hunting spot with the "LITHOS" geology club. We spent the whole day searching the late Devonian shales and nodules for al kind of fossils, brachiopods, crinoids, cephalopods, corals,... We did find the usual pyritised cephalopods ( manticoceras sp, tornoceras sp. and bactrites sp. ) but to me my biggest prize was when I hit a layer with a lot of goniatite anaptichy enjoy the pictures :
  3. Mid devonian trip in the Ardennes

    Yesterday we went on a fieldtrip organised by my geology club in the area of Marche en Famenne. In the morning the first stop was the visit of the "Grottes de Hotton" but me and my girlfiend didn't do this visit, so we got around 11am at the grottes to wait for the rest of the group. the weather was sunny and the temperatures very pleasant, this was going to be a very nice spring day. When the group was complete we hit the road to the quarry a couple of kilometers further. first we got a quick lesson about the geology of the quarry and safety mesures ( the sediments in the quarry were of mid Devonian age: Givetian). After this we where free to prospect the area. In the screes a lot of very large corals could be found, but I passed on those until I would find a more managable specimen. but a few of our friends did make the effort to drag a few of those back to the cars. After a while I found a verry good spot where a fossiliferous clay layer was washed out. this is where I found most of the good stuf. Lots and lots of Atrypas (brachiopods ) and a multitude of different corals ( sociophyllum, favosites, scoliopora,.. ) most of these were extremely wel preserved. With further prospection of the site we found a few other fossiliferous spots, one notable one where fragments of large Stringocephalus brachiopods could be found. we even found a few more or less complete specimens. At 4 pm we gathered back to the car and the finds where compared and discussed, and of course we left for a local pub to finish this perfect day for a refreshing drink. Enjoy the pictures: One of the big corals: The memmorial at the pub: the turret of an "easy 8 " sherman tank. Some time to rest after the hard work
  4. If you aren’t used to seeing marine coprolites, it is very easy to miss them as you search marine matrix. That is one of the reasons for this post. Also I posted these for @GeschWhat. Sometimes it can be very difficult to distinguish coprolites from small concretions or other geologic specimens. If in doubt pull them out and let a coprolite researcher make the determination. The below coprolites came from matrix (about 1 gallon) from the Egem Quarry in Belgium: The matrix contained a large number of shark and ray teeth. Sharks and rays produce spiral and scroll coprolites. I didn’t find any scroll coprolites. However, scroll coprolites tend to be fairly large and may be in the fauna but were too large for the matrix size that I was searching. I did find a few spiral coprolites. See the below 15 mm specimen: However the vast majority of coprolites looked to be from bony fish, with no evidence of spiraling and lots of fish bone inclusions. See the two pieces (15 mm and 5 mm) of coprolites below with very visible inclusions: Other examples (9 mm, 9 mm, and 15 mm) of bony fish coprolites (note the middle coprolite may have worn spiraling but I can't tell for sure) : Finding mostly bony fish coprolites was not surprising considering the number of bony fish teeth, jaws, vertebrae and especially otoliths also contained in the matrix. The below picture shows only the nicest otoliths (in total I found at least 3 times this number) from the matrix: Continued in the next reply Marco Sr.
  5. Last saturday my girlfriend and I went back to the south of Belgium to go hunt for my favorite fossils. On the way there we saw a new road under construction where cretaceous chalk was visible. We made a quick stop to chek it out, but we only found 2 bellemnite fragments. So we hit the road again to the devonian rocks. The weather was quite good for this time of the year, so it was no suprise to see some fellow fossil and mineral hunters on the site. Some new heaps on the side of the field got my attention. Here I made my first good find of the day. A goniatite anaptychus. I was missing this in my collection. So I was verry pleased with it. The rest of the morning most of the finds were made in situ by Natalie, 2 decent sized Manticoceras and 2 Carinoceras specimens. She also managed to find a trilobite fragment. Also the first trillo adition from this quarry to our collection. At noon we were joined on our hunt by a friend. We then got to the large dirt pile at the end of the quarry whera a few other people were looking for smal pyritised cephalopods. After a few chats with the other fossil hunters about the cephalopod fauna the showed me a huge Goniatite they found earlyer that day. I had rarely seen a specimen like this. My surprise was even greater when they offerd this specimen for my collection since I specialise in this kind of fossils. Again lots of thanks if that person reads this thread, it wil get well deserved attention and preparation. The rest of the day we spent on the large mound picking up various fossils but my find of the day here was a incredible crinoid calyx. The trip turned out to be one of my best on this location. Cheers. Manticocerasman I'll upload the photos in the next post
  6. Little shark tooth ID

    Hi all! I got this little shark tooth on an auction site and I was wondering what it could be... I don’t think it’s a Mako because it has a different shape. The tooth is from Antwerp,Belgium. I can see that they would of have been small side teeth. Can anyone help me? Here are some pictures, tell me if you need more. Appreciate it.
  7. Devonian coral from Resteigne

    Hi all, During my trip to Resteigne, I namely found this coral. Here is the location info: Resteigne quarry, Belgium Jemelle Formation (mostly) Eifelian, middle Devonian; ~ 390 mya Any possibility to name the species do you think? Thanks in advance for your replies! Max
  8. Hi all, In my trip to Resteigne, I was hoping to find a trilobite. Though that didn't end up too well, I think I did find something like the "hint" of a trilobite. A tiny piece of trilo armor. But when I say tiny, I really mean TINY. It's really just a fragment. The trilobit of trilobits. Location info: Resteigne quarry, Belgium Jemelle Formation (mostly) Eifelian, middle Devonian; ~ 390 mya Here are some pictures of where I think the piece is. It's the slightly darker part, the really shiny black thing in front, with the tiny little bumps. The last picture, I made it a bit wet, maybe this helps people visualize it better (it does help me). So, is it indeed a small trilobit? I'm pretty sure it is. But I am well aware that there isn't enough of it preserved to determine a species. Looking forward to your answers! Max
  9. Devonian brachiopod? From Resteigne

    Hi all, During my trip to the quarry of Resteigne, I namely found this brachiopod. Is this a Sieberella sp (as proposed by Roger @Ludwigia)? Because the fact that it is asymmetrical makes me want to incline to bivalve... But I'm not sure what kind of bivalve it would be then. Location info: Resteigne quarry, Belgium Jemelle Formation (mostly) Eifelian, middle Devonian; ~ 390 mya Thanks in advance for your replies! Max
  10. Devonian Coral? From Resteigne

    Hi all, On my trip to Resteigne last weekend, I namely found this thing. At first I thought it was some kind of coral, but others are having their doubts. So now me too! Here is the location info: Resteigne quarry, Belgium Jemelle Formation (mostly) Eifelian, middle Devonian; ~ 390 mya I started prepping it a little bit, and noticed that this matrix was a little bit softer than the other matrix... So maybe this is from another formation. If I remember correctly, this was one of the few finds from the second level (the levels of the quarry are ground, 1st, 2nd and 3rd level. So maybe the different levels indicate a different formation), opposed to the majority of other finds which were from the first level (and have a much harder matrix). So. What do you think it is? Looking forward to your answers! Max
  11. In the Devonian quarry

    Hi everyone! So Friday morning, after a few enjoyable days of skiing in Switzerland with my dad, we decided to leave the village because the weather was really becoming horrible for any further skiing (especially for a beginner like me!). I had done a little bit of research as to what fossil locations we could visit on the way back home, and eventually Kevin @Manticocerasman very kindly pointed me towards the site of Resteigne in Belgium! A (no-longer in use) quarry known for its Devonian brachiopods, corals, crinoids and sometimes trilobites. Which was a fantastic opportunity for me, because in my so far 7 years of fossil hunting I had never been in a quarry or hunted for trilobites!!! So seizing the opportunity, we booked a Bed & Breakfast in the small village of Resteigne. We arrived late that evening after a long and annoying road, but luckily the hosts were still up and warmly welcomed us. The man knew quite some things about the great geology of the area, and told us that apparently this region was now a Geopark of the UNESCO! (To avoid any confusion, we are allowed to collect fossils here without any problems. It is not like the national parks where it is forbidden to take things out). He sometimes found some fossils himself when he was going out on walks. After a good night sleep and a delicious breakfast, we set out to the quarry.
  12. Hello all, I stop collecting shark teeth from the cenozoic. I offer all my shark teeth for trade here. There are 3 different location. -Antwerpen, Schelde. Collected in 1970 (not by me) -Balegem. Collected in 1986 (not by me) -Steendorp. Date not known. There is one Megalodon (Steendorp). It's about 8 cm and has all serrations. There is some damage at one side. Steendorp is a closed location were fossils from the Neogene were found. Next there is about 4,5 pound of Balegem shark and ray teeth. These were collected in 1986. There are a couple of Otodus teeth (at least 3 complete), I heard these are pretty rare, but most are from Striatolamia macrota. The biggest one is over 2 inch. This is also a closed location where fossils from the Lutetian (middle eocene) were found. Many complete teeth altough there are also broken teeth in it. No junk. The last location (Antwerp) includes about 1,1 pound of teeth that were found in the Schelde in 1970. Most teeth are broken but there are some nice small ones in it (Notorynchus, Hastalis...). (No pictures yet). At last I will throw in some teeth from Cadzand/Breskens (The Netherlands). There are waaay to many teeth to take pictures of every single one of them, so I just took some pictures of some. If interested, Pm me and I will send you more pictures. I know the pictures aren't the best, but I don't have a camera and my smartphone don't want to cooperate with me. I'm looking for: -Fish -Anything insect -Anything dinosaur (no chunkosaur) - Fossils from Liaoning or similar locations in China - Trilobites - Permian/ Triassic reptiles (teeth,jaws, bones etc.) - Anything I don't have from the KemKem Beds. -All shark teeth that are at least as old as the Cretaceous. - Fossils from the Eocene of Morocco. - ...
  13. Late Devonian fieldtrip

    Last weekend was a fieldtrip to my usual spot the late Devonian in the area of Chimay in Belgium. And of course hunting for the prized cephalopods. Althoug the usual deposits are depleted due to the activity in the quarry, there are now new deposits that can be prospected. A lot of Matagne formation is now exposed, here a lot of small but wel presereved fossils can be found , mainly brachiopods, but in the correct layer and with a little patience a few pyritized cephalopods can be discovered, mainly: Bactrites sp. , multiple kinds of Gephuroceratina ( Manticoceras..) and Tornoceras. The day was cold, rainy and even a few snowflakes, but it was wel worth the trouble. Thx to Anthonie Hellemond (President Belgian Paleontological Association 2018) for the pictures in the field ( and the extra goniatites ) Bactrites: Manticoceras on bottom and a little Tornoceras on top. Oh and in contrast to all the little pyritised fellows there was this one ( also credits to Anthonie for the discovery ) It wil take a while to prep .... Cheers, Manticocerasman
  14. Pyritized goniatite

    Last trip on my search for cephalopods I found a nodule with a pyritised Goniatite. I m used to find them as inner moulds in limestone, so a Pyritized one is a nice change juvenile Manticoceras sp. :
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    From the album Shark teeth and associated fossils from Antwerp, Belgium

    My smallers megalodon from Antwerp, Belgium
  16. A few of the adult Manticoceras sp. specimens that I found last year in Belgium
  17. AntWerpen

    Hey im new! Im going on a trip to Antwerpen soon and my goal is to find Megalodon teeth/shark teeth. BUT i dont know where in Antwerpen i should hunt. Can you guys give me a tip or something helpfull?
  18. I wanted to show you all my best personal finds so far. About two years ago I found a complete, beautiful megalodon on an active construction site in the Belgian Antwerp Area. Finds like this are extremely rare and seldom found in one piece.
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    From the album Shark teeth and associated fossils from Antwerp, Belgium

    My best megalodon so far, found in Antwerp, Belgium.
  20. Symphyseal notorynchus teeth

    Found both these symphyseal notorynchus this year, they are quite certainly among my best finds from 2017. They’re from two different locations in the Antwerp area.
  21. Today I went to the "Belgian institute of natural history" to donate my placoderm that I found in Oktober. It is verry likely that it is a new species , but only time will tel. The local placoderm specialist wil work on this specimen for the description. Here is the link to te 1st thread on this topic:
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    From the album Shark teeth and associated fossils from Antwerp, Belgium

    Hemipristis Serra, Belgium, Antwerp area
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    From the album Shark teeth and associated fossils from Antwerp, Belgium

    Hexanchus, Belgium, Antwerp area
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