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

    My best megalodon so far, found in Antwerp, Belgium.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  5. D967615D-62FD-4D45-A086-7D51B10B7884.jpeg

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

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

    Hexanchus Griseus, Belgium, Antwerp area
  7. huge placoderm

    I often visit the southern part of Belgium for Devonian fossils, the whole area is known for its reef systems. So most of the fossils are brachiopods and corals, but between the reefs sometimes rarer fossils can be found like cephalopods or in extremely rare cases even fish. In more than 25 years of fossil collecting I’ve only found 2 fragments of Devonian fish until last October. During a field trip I searched a few debris next to a quarry and found a strange piece of rock. At first I almost discarded it thinking that it was a strange nodule, surely a piece of this size couldn’t be bone. But I took time to clean of the dirt… I had in my hands a rock with a bone plate, the thing was huge, more than 20 cm on 25 cm, and it was only a fragment. I had never seen something like that from the late Devonian in our area. I started franticly to search the rest of the area, finding more and more fragments. Some parts were even larger and the plates were often more than 1 cm thick, on some places even more than 4 cm. This fish was a monster, I knew this was my find of a lifetime. The rest of the day I spend on the same 2 m² checking every rock. I finally found 14 fragments of the fish. At home I cleaned up all the fragments, I even had a few parts that fitted together, but I couldn’t make anything out of it except that it were large bone fragments. It was also clear that I only got a tiny part of it. In the week to follow I contacted a specialist in placoderms from the Institute in Brussels. Exited by the news he came to check out the fossils at my apartment on a evening. He confirmed that this was indeed a placoderm, and a huge one, even he had never seen one of this size from the late Devonian in Belgium. One of the parts turned out to be a fragment of the median dorsal plate, the typical keel from that part of the fish was clearly visible. One of the drawbacks of the fossil was the complete absence of any ornamentation or tubercles on the bones, this would make the identification difficult. But the size of the specimen limited the options in 3 groups: Either a new extremely large coccosteidea. ( in my opinion the least possible match) Or either a Dynichthydea or a Tytanichthydea. Either way, any of those possibilities are extremely spectacular J Of course on the weekend to follow I had to go back to check out if there was anything I overlooked. Armed with adequate equipment to dig, I started to dig out the spot with my girlfriend. The result was an extra 10 fragments, again with a few of them being very large. And on top of it lots of the new fragments fitted in the ones I found the week before. Since then I’ve been cleaning and prepping a little on the bones and kept contact with the placoderm specialist. Having contemplated what to do with it, I will donate the fossil to the institute next week so that professional work and a proper description of the placoderm can be made. Of course I will post an update of this in the “paleopartners section” I really hope this is a new species, but either way I had fun with this discovery, and there is still much to find out about my “little” fish
  8. This peculiar looking tooth is a parasymphyseal benedeni from Antwerp, Belgium. This little tooth is one of my favourite personal finds and is also one of the rarer pieces in my collection.
  9. 9672607F-D10D-4E51-B7D6-A5D9165C8717.jpeg

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

    One of the rarer teeth in my personal collection. This is a parasymphyseal Parotodus Benedeni. I knew I struck gold when I pocket this one out of my sifter Found in Antwerp, Belgium

    © Graulus Charlotte

  10. Antwerp sharkteeth

    Here are some others recent finds from the Begian Antwerp area. Since I can’t make a gallery yet I’m going to show of some pictures over here I really love the colours on these...
  11. From the album MY FOSSIL Collection - Dpaul7

    FOSSIL STEM CALAMITES SITE LOCATION: Westphalian deposits in the area around Mons in Belgium TIME PERIOD: Carboniferous (311-315 Million Years Ago) Data: Calamites is a genus of extinct arborescent (tree-like) horsetails to which the modern horsetails (genus Equisetum) are closely related. Unlike their herbaceous modern cousins, these plants were medium-sized trees, growing to heights of more than 30 meters (100 feet). They were components of the understories of coal swamps of the Carboniferous Period (around 360 to 300 million years ago). A number of organ taxa have been identified as part of a united organism, which has inherited the name Calamites in popular culture. Calamites correctly refers only to casts of the stem of Carboniferous/Permian sphenophytes, and as such is a form genus of little taxonomic value. There are two forms of casts, which can give mistaken impressions of the organisms. The most common is an internal cast of the hollow (or pith-filled) void in the centre of the trunk. This can cause some confusion: firstly, it must be remembered that a fossil was probably surrounded with 4-5 times its width in (unpreserved) vascular tissue, so the organisms were much wider than the internal casts preserved. Further, the fossil gets narrower as it attaches to a rhizoid, a place where one would expect there to be the highest concentration of vascular tissue (as this is where the peak transport occurs). However, because the fossil is a cast, the narrowing in fact represents a constriction of the cavity, into which vascular tubes encroach as they widen. The trunks of Calamites had a distinctive segmented, bamboo-like appearance and vertical ribbing. The branches, leaves and cones were all borne in whorls. The leaves were needle-shaped, with up to 25 per whorl. Their trunks produced secondary xylem, meaning they were made of wood. The vascular cambium of Calamites was unifacial, producing secondary xylem towards the stem center, but not secondary phloem. The stems of modern horsetails are typically hollow or contain numerous elongated air-filled sacs. Calamites was similar in that its trunk and stems were hollow, like wooden tubes. When these trunks buckled and broke, they could fill with sediment. This is the reason pith casts of the inside of Calamites stems are so common as fossils. Kingdom: Plantae Phylum: Pteridophyta Class: Equisetopsida Order: Equisetales Family: †Calamitaceae Genus: †Calamites
  12. From the album MY FOSSIL Collection - Dpaul7

    FOSSIL STEM CALAMITES SITE LOCATION: Westphalian deposits in the area around Mons in Belgium TIME PERIOD: Carboniferous (311-315 Million Years Ago) Data: Calamites is a genus of extinct arborescent (tree-like) horsetails to which the modern horsetails (genus Equisetum) are closely related. Unlike their herbaceous modern cousins, these plants were medium-sized trees, growing to heights of more than 30 meters (100 feet). They were components of the understories of coal swamps of the Carboniferous Period (around 360 to 300 million years ago). A number of organ taxa have been identified as part of a united organism, which has inherited the name Calamites in popular culture. Calamites correctly refers only to casts of the stem of Carboniferous/Permian sphenophytes, and as such is a form genus of little taxonomic value. There are two forms of casts, which can give mistaken impressions of the organisms. The most common is an internal cast of the hollow (or pith-filled) void in the centre of the trunk. This can cause some confusion: firstly, it must be remembered that a fossil was probably surrounded with 4-5 times its width in (unpreserved) vascular tissue, so the organisms were much wider than the internal casts preserved. Further, the fossil gets narrower as it attaches to a rhizoid, a place where one would expect there to be the highest concentration of vascular tissue (as this is where the peak transport occurs). However, because the fossil is a cast, the narrowing in fact represents a constriction of the cavity, into which vascular tubes encroach as they widen. The trunks of Calamites had a distinctive segmented, bamboo-like appearance and vertical ribbing. The branches, leaves and cones were all borne in whorls. The leaves were needle-shaped, with up to 25 per whorl. Their trunks produced secondary xylem, meaning they were made of wood. The vascular cambium of Calamites was unifacial, producing secondary xylem towards the stem center, but not secondary phloem. The stems of modern horsetails are typically hollow or contain numerous elongated air-filled sacs. Calamites was similar in that its trunk and stems were hollow, like wooden tubes. When these trunks buckled and broke, they could fill with sediment. This is the reason pith casts of the inside of Calamites stems are so common as fossils. Kingdom: Plantae Phylum: Pteridophyta Class: Equisetopsida Order: Equisetales Family: †Calamitaceae Genus: †Calamites
  13. From the album MY FOSSIL Collection - Dpaul7

    FOSSIL STEM CALAMITES SITE LOCATION: Westphalian deposits in the area around Mons in Belgium TIME PERIOD: Carboniferous (311-315 Million Years Ago) Data: Calamites is a genus of extinct arborescent (tree-like) horsetails to which the modern horsetails (genus Equisetum) are closely related. Unlike their herbaceous modern cousins, these plants were medium-sized trees, growing to heights of more than 30 meters (100 feet). They were components of the understories of coal swamps of the Carboniferous Period (around 360 to 300 million years ago). A number of organ taxa have been identified as part of a united organism, which has inherited the name Calamites in popular culture. Calamites correctly refers only to casts of the stem of Carboniferous/Permian sphenophytes, and as such is a form genus of little taxonomic value. There are two forms of casts, which can give mistaken impressions of the organisms. The most common is an internal cast of the hollow (or pith-filled) void in the centre of the trunk. This can cause some confusion: firstly, it must be remembered that a fossil was probably surrounded with 4-5 times its width in (unpreserved) vascular tissue, so the organisms were much wider than the internal casts preserved. Further, the fossil gets narrower as it attaches to a rhizoid, a place where one would expect there to be the highest concentration of vascular tissue (as this is where the peak transport occurs). However, because the fossil is a cast, the narrowing in fact represents a constriction of the cavity, into which vascular tubes encroach as they widen. The trunks of Calamites had a distinctive segmented, bamboo-like appearance and vertical ribbing. The branches, leaves and cones were all borne in whorls. The leaves were needle-shaped, with up to 25 per whorl. Their trunks produced secondary xylem, meaning they were made of wood. The vascular cambium of Calamites was unifacial, producing secondary xylem towards the stem center, but not secondary phloem. The stems of modern horsetails are typically hollow or contain numerous elongated air-filled sacs. Calamites was similar in that its trunk and stems were hollow, like wooden tubes. When these trunks buckled and broke, they could fill with sediment. This is the reason pith casts of the inside of Calamites stems are so common as fossils. Kingdom: Plantae Phylum: Pteridophyta Class: Equisetopsida Order: Equisetales Family: †Calamitaceae Genus: †Calamites
  14. Rare find, Antwerp, Belgium

    Went out to hunt for sharkteeth today but due to the poor weather and trafic I lost a lot of time, so hardly any finds... Since I’m new to the forum I think however it would be nice to post a recent find. This is a piece of jawebone from a delphinodon dividum... it might be the only piece like this ever to be found in Antwerp. So pretty rare Kind regards Charlotte
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