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  1. 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
  2. Hunting Antwerp, Belgium

    Hello everyone, Here are some recent finds from Antwerp, Belgium. Going back tomorrow so wish me luck
  3. Gray shark tooth

    A tiny tooth of an Abdounia minutissima. Bought from an old collection. The site at which it was collected, the Egem quarry, is now unfortunately closed. (Thanks to @darktheumbreon for finding the family!)
  4. A bunch of different Glycymeris

    Hi all, So, here are a bunch of fossil bittersweet clams (Glycymeris) from different locations. So far they are all labeled as "Glycymeris" (which I'm pretty sure is correct). But I would really like to put a species name on each of them. Therefore I am reaching out to you all, because hopefully you will be able to help me sort this out! 1) Glycymeris from Westerschelde, Netherlands; from the late Pliocene (2.5 million years old). I'm thinking G. radiolyrata, but I'm not sure... 2) Glycymeris from Westerschelde, Netherlands; from the late Pliocene (2.5 million years old). G. obovata maybe? Or G. variabilis???
  5. Lucky split

    Most of the times when you find a promising specimen there is always that challenge of getting it unscathed out of the matrix. And often resulting in a lot of cursing and a damaged specimen. But sometimes, on very .. very … rare occasions you do get that lucky split. Found this Manticoceras ( goniatite ) last summer. One good hit with the chisel and pop. Only minimal prepwork left. This one is by far one of my best specimens and made it to my new avatar Manticoceras sp. Frasnian ( Devonian ) Chimay area ( Belgium ) https://photos.app.goo.gl/5rcHesN212VPDnzq2 Greetings, Manticocerasman
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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 !
  9. 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
  10. 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:
  11. 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:
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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?
  15. 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
  16. "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
  17. Nummulites foram, Eocene, Belgium

    . The Belgium Nummulites sp.that I have are 5 - 10 mm.
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. Glyptostrobus

    From the album Beginner collection

    Petrified wood from the Eocene (53-34 MY) Hoegaarden, Belgium.
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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