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Found 132 results

  1. Shark/fish tooth ID

    Hi all, Found this little tooth hiding in between my pycndont fish teeth from Balegem. I quickly realized that this wasn't in the right place, and it reminded me of something else. So, is it maybe a very worn Nebrius thielensi? Or is it something else? It's from Balegem, Belgium (closed location). From the Lede Sand Formation. From the Lutetian stage of the Eocene (45 mya). Thanks in advance! Max
  2. Last year Kevin H. gave me some information about a good location for fossils near Barvaux (Thanks @Kevin H. ) Its a construction site where you can find many devonian fossils. The most common fossils are brachiopods but you can also find corals and gastropods ! Too bad that it seems that they not work there anymore ... despite of that you can still find many brachiopods. Firstly some pictures of the site: And there they are ! Its a pity that they are often damaged ! I spent there about 3 hours and found more than 300 brachiopods ! I think more or less all are Cyrtospirifer verneuili ... And here are the biggest ones: The biggest one is about 8 cm long and very massive. Its difficult to find such big ones in a good condition ! This one is a very nice one becuase of the good preservation. Its about 4.5 cm long. Some more brachiopods from other angles: + These three brachiopods look a bit different ... can somebody determine them? I found also some brachiopods where you can see the spiral shaped lophophores ("skeleton") of them... I can post brachiopods the whole day But I also found some corals
  3. What is this?

    Last week i enjoyed my holiday in Belgium in the Ardennes. Too bad that the weather was sometimes not that good but all in all it was a nice and successful holiday. I spent one complete day in an old quarry near Resteigne, where you can find many different fossils. The layers belong to the Eifelium, Middle Devon. For example I found brachiopods, corals and some trilobite parts. I will post them in a few days. But I also found an interesting item which I cant identify ! Its about 2 cm long and in my eyes it looks strange Maybe a kind of crinoid?? Any help is welcome ! Thanks !
  4. Tiger shark (?) from Balegem

    Hi all, Is this a tiger shark? If so, from what species? For now I'm thinking Galeocerdo latidens, but I'm not sure... It's from Balegem, Belgium (--> Lutetian, Eocene; 45 mya). Thanks in advance, Max
  5. Mako (?) from Balegem

    Hi all, Is this a mako? In my opinion it looks a little bit like Isurus oxirhynchus, but I'm not sure. I know that it's quite worn, but still IDable. It comes from Balegem, Belgium (--> Lutetian, Eocene; 45 mya). Thanks for the help, Max Closeups side 1:
  6. Sharktooth from Balegem

    Hi all, Here another sharktooth, from Balegem, Belgium. From the Lutetian stage of the early Eocene (approx 45 mya). What's the species? Have a nice weekend, Max Closeups side 1:
  7. Sharkteeth from Egem

    Hi all, Here some sharkteeth found in Egem, Belgium. From the Yperian stage of the early Eocene (approx 50 mya). Anyone have a clue on the species? Have a nice weekend, Max
  8. See you in France/Belgium/Netherlands

    Hi European TFF fellows, how are you? As my nickname clearly shows, I am living in Japan but I am actually a Frenchmen from the North of France. Next month (April) will be for me a very special month because I will be able to come back to France for the first time in 10 years. I am so exciting to rediscover places I roamed when I was a young child and to see how everything evolved. I have already planned some fossil hunts (Boulonnais and Calvados) on my own but I was wondering... what if we meet for a hunt and/or a lunch? Could be fun no? It could be anywhere like North of France, Belgium or Netherlands as long as we can have fun hunting for fossils, have fun drinking a good beer and have fun exchanging stories. So what do you say? David
  9. Shipping costs

    Hello Does somebody knows a way to shiptooth at a lower price? I want to trade fossils with somebodya from south-korea but the shipping costs are way too high. Nearly 120$. Any suggestions?
  10. Hello everybody I have some shark teeth from Belgium for trade. These teeth are al from Antwerp, but at a closed place. These are legal collected in 1970 (not by me). I don't know what species are in this sac. But at least Hastalis, Notorynchus and much more. But I'm not a shark teeth specialist. I want to trade at every interesting offer. You got exactly like you see on the picture. Pm for more info Greetings
  11. "Thing" from Balegem, Belgium

    Hello! Looking through all my fossils, I found this thing at some point. It was in a small bottle with Ray teeth from Balegem (BE), a fossil location containing fossils (sharkteeth, ray teeth, fish teeth, and other marine material) from the Eocene (25-35mya). I'm pretty sure that this thing is not a ray tooth though. Any clue what it could be? Photo 1: front Photo 2: back Photo 3: closeup front Thanks in advance for the help! Best regards, Max
  12. Nummulites foram, Eocene, Belgium

    . The Belgium Nummulites sp.that I have are 5 - 10 mm.
  13. Cretaceous Belgium

    Hello all, I would like to share some of my finds of the Belgium quarry Romontbos. As it will be the last year for amateurs to get permission to enter the quarry; i wanted to visit the quarry as often as i was allowed. I'm quite happy with all of my trips of a total of six. Though the most interesting finds i did in December during my last three visits. In these weeks i was lucky to spot a dactyl that i haven't been able to identify yet (very interesting looking one) and a piece of bone that was cut trough by the excavator. I will share the pictures of the dactyl later as i keep postponing taking quality pictures of all my Crustacea finds. Then i can elaborate on the scientific names and other "smaller" finds such as bryozoans and foraminifera. Suggestions on scientific names of unidentified finds (or even the identified ones) are of course welcome. I wish all of you a merry Christmas and a fossil rich 2017! Regards, Arno
  14. Goniatite prepping

    It has been a while since I posted something decent on the forum. But to make up I got some preps from my last field trip ( from which I also failed to write a report :s ) All those goniatites are from my last visit in my favorite quarry, I got lucky that day, the activity in the quarry cleared out a perfect layer with lots of big cephalopods. Before I pose the prepped specimens, her is an overvieuw of what I found that day. It may not look as much, but those are all rocks with goniatite fossils in it.
  15. Glyptostrobus

    From the album Beginner collection

    Petrified wood from the Eocene (53-34 MY) Hoegaarden, Belgium.
  16. fossil fair report ( Belgium )

    Last weekend I made my annual visit to the fossil fair of the BVP in Sint-gillis-Waas ( Belgium ) This time it was a trip with the whole family, my wife, daughter and even my parents were coming along. Last year my daughter had a lot of fun at the youth department with games and craft projects, so she was eager to go this year. We had a great time at the fair: my daughter spent a couple of hours at the kids corner making cardboard dinosaur eggs, digging up fossils in the sand, painting, .... Meanwhile I had the opportunity to to browse the fossil stands and chatting with friends and making new contacts. and even meeting up with a fellow TFF member ( @Seaforth ) The kids also got a small fossil at the youth stand and the could go to the sellers to trade their fossil until the got one they liked. It took her only 4 trades before she got a nice ammonite she liked. Most of the stands sold local fossils at very reasonable prices, although the traditional Moroccan pieces were also present. Sadly there was very little literature available, and I didn't find the books I was looking for, but I found a nice goniatite from a now inaccessible location that I couldn't resist So again the fair was a very enjoyable event Someone needs Spiriferids? Cheers, Kevin
  17. Last weekend I had again a field trip to my favorite location in the area of Couvin. We went to the quarry with a geology club, around 20 participants came to the meeting point. Everyone got a quick briefing of the geology and paleontology of the quarry and the usual safety instructions before going down in the quarry. Once at the interesting spot we noted a few changes: a pile of gray nodular limestone was freshly excavated. In those boulders a few of us found large well preserved goniatites. I had the chance to find a nice one from around 8cm in diameter. After a careful examination of the boulder I went on top of the quarry to dig out a layer yielding small cephalopods ( orthoceras, manticoceras and bactrites ) I had to dig whit a heavy pickaxe, but I was able to clear a decent part of that layer for me and a couple of the other searchers. The hard work paid off, I found around 20 goniatites and a whole bunch of orthocones, most of them are waiting for a cleanup and prepwork. While leaving the quarry I saw a piece of shell sticking out of a stone, a lucky split of that rock turned out to reveal a large Goniatite with beautiful suture lines. This one will require some extra prepwork, but it looks very promising.
  18. Fossil fair BVP in Sint gillis waas ( Belgium )

    on 4 September our local Paleontology club wil be holding their annual fossil fair . Feel free to join us Of course pictures of the event will follow
  19. Devonian Belgian cephalopods

    It has been a while since I made a decent post on this forum ( spending most of my time here in the chatroom ) But last weekend I took the courage to prep some of my recent and older finds. In my older posts you could notice that I’m particularly interested in the Paleozoic fossils of my small country, especially if I can get some cephalopods. Although they are relatively rare here, we found a few deposits wielding them, and in the quarry of Lompret a specific layer has been really productive for them. Their conservation isn’t always very good and they might be hard to spot, but this I a selection that I made and prepped. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. https://goo.gl/photos/s1N12Vic27d49GUb9 This one had a little surprise during the prep, while clearing the goniatite I discovered a small orthocone under it. ( Manticoceras sp + orthocone: might be orthoceras or Bactrites ) https://goo.gl/photos/Ek4BYCRckhLBxNWP7 Manticoceras sp. https://goo.gl/photos/hw1LotmNF4KzxCyp6 Multiple orthocones, the largest one judging by the position of the siphuncle should be an Orthoceras sp. https://goo.gl/photos/thc9WLxVT6zWgrTC8 Manticoceras sp. https://goo.gl/photos/bS4EniPSXf1miQVEA This is one of my favorites: a double Manticoceras sp. https://goo.gl/photos/exfdSJ2X1XzFtMy78 https://goo.gl/photos/oFvCtRKuWauJtKwL8 This is probably the best one in my colection: 3 complete Manticoceras and a partial one and a Orthocone. ( that last wan came loose during the prep and was glued back in position. ) I realy like the tiny specimen in the chamber of the larger one Cheers, Kevin
  20. Yesterday my daughter invited some friends from school for her birthday party, she was allowed to chose where we would go with her froends, and it turned out to be the "dinosaur museum" in Brussels. Here are a few pictures of our visit: Say hello to Iguanodon bernisartensis, one of the 32 complete skeletons found in a mine near the french border. Those 32 specimens form one of the major dinosaur finds in europe. Note that the positions of the specimens are incorrect, they used the skeleton of a kangaroo and an emu as inspiration. This one is in a more natural position: a few more pictures of our visit: Some Belgian Mosasaurs: And of course the compulsary souvenier shop
  21. Yet another fieldtrip to the late Devonian (Belgium) Last Saturday I organized with my pall Anthonie, a field trip for our Paleontology club. The location was the quarry in Lompret, here they exploit the hard limestone from the ancient Devonian reef ( Frasnian deposits ) On the top and sides of this reef we find softer deposits from the lagoons around it. The trip to the quarry rainy, as usual from the past few weeks, but et the location the clouds were clearing up. We waited for the whole group at the meeting point, and once complete we headed into the quarry. Here we made our first stop, explaining the geology and paleontology of this area and repeating the security measures. After this the group split in 2, the hardcore collectors went down in the hope to find an elusive trilobite an I took the rest of the group to the top where most fossils were commonly found. Once I found a decent spot I made a small review of the fossils that could be found and the people started looking around. Quickly the first corals and crinoid stems were found and sometimes a brachiopod or a gastropod. After helping anyone finding their way in the quarry I started to look for some nice specimens myself, and secretly hoping to find some cephalopods. The whole morning was quite uneventful, only later I finally found a couple of decent goniatites, and a small round intriguing fossil. One of the members also found a very nice orthoceras in the morning. At 12h we gathered for lunch and a quick review of the discoveries. Then we were surprised by heavy rainfall, it only last for 10 minutes, but more were clearly to come. In the following hour, we had several downpours an several participants started to give up and head back home. I stayed with a dozen participants and after a while we finally had dry weather again. Now we were looking for a layer that I discovered last year with small cephalopods. With a friend we managed to clear 1 m² of that layer, and it turned out great , together we found around 26 goniatites and a bunch of orthoceras and bactrites. Not all were well preserved, but some of them were really good specimens. Finally at 17h we called it a day ,and with the last participants we visited a local tavern for a drink and supper. Double goniatite As for the little round fossil, after some prepping, it turned out to be a crinoid calyx Cheers, Kevin
  22. Shark teeth ID

    Last week i was one day in Hoevenen (Antwerpen) and found many shark teeth. But i dont know anything about shark teeth, so please help me to determine them ... In a few days i will post my complete tour from the one week in Cadzand. Here is my complete haul: I think its a very good haul (You have consider that one of these teeth was my first shark teeth i ever found )
  23. Last week I got a written permission from a quarry nearby that allowed me to visit the location, and I was allowed to bring a few extra people. So I a friend and his wife where going to join me on the field trip, they are particularly interested in trilobites and this might be one of the best spots in Belgium to find some, although complete specimens are still hard to find. The rendez vous point was the parking of the quarry, so I left early in the morning in not so great weather conditions: gray clouds, rain and lots of wind. I got to the place at 9 AM and waited a while for my 2 friends. Once everybody was ready we made the descent to the fossiliferous layers with of course some stops on the way down to make a few pictures. The rain and wind of the past week had an impact on the cliffs in the quarry, and at a few locations some rocks had fallen on the roads that led down in the pit. This is where I made my first finds, and this already made my day. In the middle of the road between some small rocks that fell of a higher part I picked up a complete but slightly damaged trilobite (Phillipsia ornata belgica) This was already one of the best finds I ever did at this location, but it only got better, A few feet next to the trilobite I found a primitive shark tooth! And we still had to get to the fossiliferous part of the quarry. Once at the spot that we were going to prospect we dropped our bags and started to search the slope and wall for corrals, brachiopods and trilobite parts. The rain cleaned up most of the slope, so the corals and brachiopods made easy pickings . the trilobite pygidiums where scarce, but we each still found a few of them. This is where we spent the rest of the day, until the slope became too muddy. We also tried to free a few rocks from the wall in the hope to get some extra stuff and this delivered mainly a few extra pygidiums. Here in the slope I found my 2nd more or less complete trilobite, but sadly half of the scale was lost in the mud. Still leaving the imprint in the matrix. The heavy wind did offer some funny notes during the day were we had to run after bags or boxes that where taken away by the wind. This trip proved to be one of the best I ever made at this location, hopefully I can make a few extra visits here in 2016. more pictures of the discoveries will follow ... Kevin
  24. It has been a while that I made a decent field trip. Past Sunday I left with 2 friends to a quarry in the Ardennes from Belgium. Last year we made a few visits to that place with great success and a fair number of late Devonian cephalopods were found. So hoping to add a few goniatites to our collections we left early in the morning. The weather conditions for the trip were terrible: it was raining and the wind was blowing very hard. Before we got to the quarry the rain stopped, but there was still a lot of wind. The rain had turned most of the flat parts of the quarry into a muddy swamp. But the heavy wind blew the last dark clouds away and we started our prospection in the slag heaps on top of the quarry. The first corals where collected, mostly hexagoniaria and a worn goniatite . I made my find of the day in the first 30 minutes in the quarry: In one of those slag heaps I found a large boulder with a large orthocone on it. The specimen was deformed during fossilization, but after clearing the specimen out it proved to be a complete orthoceras of 25cm in length. This was a monster compared to the most specimens I found there before. The next stop was a level lower in the ancient part of the quarry, here they were dumping the rocks that where not suited for production, but luckily for us, lots of fossils could be found in them. This was the most productive part of the day. Although they were hard to find, each of us found at least a couple of decent goniatites. The rest of the day we spent in the back of the quarry where lots of corals can be found and sometimes a nicely preserved goniatite. Multiple mineral veins are also present with large barite and calcite crystals. Sadly with the expansion of the quarry the part with the corals was cleared with bulldozers and fossil finds where rare at that location. Still I managed to find an exquisite goniatite specimen, a little damaged, but with very clear suture markings. My two friends searched through the mineral veins and found multiple good quality barite and calcite crystals. Meanwhile I prospected other parts and collected a little bag full of small corals and crinoid stems. (Back to the car with heavy Calcite and Barite cristals...) Usually we end our day at a local tavern for a drink, but this time I was too tired and I still had an hour drive to home. I’m already looking forward to my next field trip on 21/02 Then we will be prospecting early carboniferous deposits. Kevin
  25. New fieldtrip to the late and mid Devonian in the Ardennes from Belgium. This weekend I went with my friend Anthonie to a last minute field trip. The weather forecast were promising for that Sunday: gray but dry and decent temperatures so this was a possibility to make a last fieldtrip for this year. So Sunday morning I woke up early to leave for the fieldtrip… of course when I looked outside it was pouring. Still, hoping it could only get better I took the highway to Brussels, picked up my friend and we went to the direction of Marche en Famene for our first stop. It took us a one and a half hour drive in the rain to get there. Luckily the sky got a little less gray and the rain ended. We got to our first stop, a large construction site for a new industrial site. I went there before with my daughter with great success and I wanted to inspect the spot more closely. The huge construction pits exposed late Devonian schists (Frasnian), those deposits are well known to amateur collectors and can deliver a large quantity of spiriferid brachiopods, sometimes of very large dimensions. We spent almost 2 hours on the site, the bulldozers had done a great job clearing everything and we just had to pick up the brachiopods laying around everywhere. It was easy to fill up our bags and we only prospected a small part of the site. Apart from the huge amount of Spirifers, from which a few of them where around 3” we also found solitary corals, and a pair of gastropods. (probably Euomphalus sp.) We then took a quick lunch and headed to a new location a few miles further to a Quarry with mid. Devonian deposits (Givetian) This was the first time we prospected this site, so it took us a while before we could find a few decent fossils. The first ones we found were multiple large colonial corals and stromatolites, giving us a clue about this ancient reef and lagoon system. Most of those where too large to carry around, so we took a few pictures and we continued the prospection. In most parts of the quarry we found other large corals, but when we got to a scree we found multiple small solitary and colonial corals. We inspected this more closely an discovered lots of nice small fossils including a variety of very beautifully preserved brachiopods. After further prospection we went back to the car, making sure to pass by the first spot with the large corals. Where we each took a large specimen back to the car. We had still a little time on our hands and went to a 3rd location, an old quarry. When we got to this spot we were surprised to see that they started to fill up the location with debris. On the positive side the debris where mostly schists from a construction site. And again delivered a few nice spiriferid brachiopods, although very few in numbers. I think another group of collectors must have been screening those debris before us, a large amount of footprints where all around the place. We went to the back of the quarry to take a few extra pictures before heading back home. here I heard small pebbles falling from the cliff at the end of the quarry. We then saw quite a spectacular sight: a fox went down the cliff at an incredible speed, I thought he was stuck and would fell off, but halfway the cliff he went into a hole in the wall. Probably his den. We went closer to get a better sight but we made a new but gruesome discovery. A large dog lay dead at the bottom of the quarry. he probably fell of the cliff and it was not far of the den, so maybe this happened due to the dog chasing the fox. We took a picture of the collar, It had a cellphone number on it. We later contacted the owner to let him know what had happened to his dog. He was sad to hear the news, the dog was missing for two weeks after a hunting party, so this only confirmed our suspicions with the fox. After this incident we got back to the car and headed back home ( again raining during the whole trip) Although the day ended on a sad tone for the dog we did get a lot of great looking fossils. Il post updates of the finds after their first cleanup. Enjoy the pictures: Kevin 1st location: Late Devonian schists Looks like Santa came early this year: 2nd location: Mid Devonian reef deposits: 3rd location: note the piles of schists dumped in the quarry: Thanks to PaleoTony for the pictures.
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