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  1. Hey folks. Just got home from a rock and fossil show in Hamburg, where I bought 2 strange little teeth from southern France, Lutethian age, from the Aumelas region. They were labelled as crocodile teeth. But when I saw them I noticed they were very unlike usual croc teeth. The one in best condition has small fine (and quite sharp) serrations, the crown curves slightly to the distal side, and it is laterally compressed. Aumelas just so happens to be the same region, in which Iberosuchus remains have been found from Lutethian beds. The teeth of Ib
  2. During our explorations in search of fossils, we obviously favor sedimentary rocks; I invite you to follow me with my wife in search of fossils… in volcanic rocks! (only observation without sampling) In the center of the volcanic massif of Cantal (central France), we explored a not very accessible valley where outcrop deposits of breccias of dense pyroclastic flows, in search of fossil woods of Villafranchian age (upper Pleistocene). According to an old reference (conference , 1969) one can find: “sometimes tree trunks inclined in all directions and sometimes branches. They are black
  3. Hi everyone! Last week we went on a weekend trip with our fossil club the BVP to go on a fossil hunt to the jurassic clay cliffs "Falaises de Vaches Noires" between Houlgate & Villers-Sur-Mer in Normandy, France. https://www.paleontica.org/locations/fossil/68 The famous cliffs of Vaches Noires date back to the Jurassic period, and span both the Callovian & Oxfordian stages (166 - 157 mya) and the Cretaceous period spanning the Cenomanian (100 - 94 mya). Back in the jurassic this area was a rich marine environment and fossils that can be found here are man
  4. Hello everyone, and welcome back to another trip report! Last week, me and my family went to France once again, but this time to northern France, near Cap Blanc Nez. Cap Blanc Nez is a well-known fossil-hunting site for its ammonites and other fossils. It is located quite near the coast of England, and if the weather's clear you can see the cliffs of Dover very clearly. Day 1: it's a start The first fossil trip was rather disappointing. We walked down the stairway to the beach and headed directly to Grand Blanc Nez, the main landmark in the area. We started search
  5. I went to visit the "fossillium" show this Weekend near Lille Northern France,a lot of Minerals ,few fossils :( ,crazy prices ,but a Northern France real chamane!
  6. Last weekend was an extended weekend and good weather forecast, that means a few field trips to the French coast for us The first trip was Friday, we got there early in the morning and planned to hunt the Turonian part of the coast. There was a lot of sand on the beaches so we didn’t find much, but quality is better than quantity and Natalie scored 2! Ptychodus teeth. I only found an ammonite that proved to be incomplete after extracting it :/ and a flint echinoid on the way back to the car. On Monday we tried our luck in the Cenomanian and Albian part of the site. Again lots o
  7. Nice sunday morning at the Cap Blanc Nez sunday morning ,few finds
  8. Euhoplites

    Short chalky trip

    Hi TFF, The other week I went for a quick trip to the beloved chalk at Cap Blanc-Nez in France. I heard that the gault clay (albian) was exposed, since that's my main interest I had to go and see. 'Sadly' it was layer P6 (late albian) which does not provide as much ammonites as earlier layers. In my experience this layer provides quite a lot of fish remains like teeth and small vertebra. Picked up a small lamniform shark tooth. Besides a lot of bivalves (inoceramus) and gasteropods (gyrodes gaultina) there was nothing but that tooth I took home. N
  9. A good weather to hunt in the cretaceous,few good echies and brachiopods
  10. I went today to the museum of natural history Lille Northern France,nice place to visit!
  11. Today I receive some Echinocorys (Leske, 1778) sea urchins. Some still in their flint matrix. I am in love with their color variety. They were found in the fields around Les Andelys along the River Seine. Parasitic worm tunnels are visible on some sea urchins. Also contain some mini calcite crystals, which are clearly visible in the sunlight. For my sea urchin collection and welcome addition. I would like to identify them by species, who can help me with good online documentation about these sea urchins? I will also post detailed pictures in the topic so I can get
  12. Bad news for french fossils collectors from North of France.......and others https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/normandie/calvados/bientot-une-interdiction-de-ramasser-des-fossiles-a-villers-sur-mer-2583356.html?fbclid=IwAR0Q7LG9iJ2wHzASlPRAj8n9bU5OYG8zfbKOmi43bpQ0NlOVsgeAeLtyKcE
  13. rocket

    ammonites.fr shuts down

    One of the really best websites about cretaceous and jurassic ammonites has been removed from the net, www.ammonites.fr This was always an inspiration to compare own finds and determine them. I do not really know why, have heard some stories but did not talk to Herve Chatelier, the owner And, when you look with the waybackmachine it is not possible to open former versions... I will miss the website
  14. From the album: Plants

    Annularia sphenophylloides leaf whorls - Upper Carboniferous, Westphalian - near Lens, Northern France
  15. Hello, in my quest for jet and amber I came across this piece this week in an old mine. This is the first time that I have found a piece of good jet covered with its bark totally pyritized over several millimeters. I find the result very pleasant but I fear for its stability in the months or years to come! This dates from the Turonian and the abandoned mine is in Languedoc Roussillon in France!
  16. This weekend Natalie and I had a little field trip near Boulogne sur Mer in France. It is a few kilometers more Southwards than the Chalk cliffs we often prospect. The fossils here are a bit harder to find, but on a few occasions it is pissible to find marine reptile remains. We didn't find lots of fossils, a few gastropod steinkerns and a beautuful echinoid: Perisalenia koenigii. On our way back home we made a quick stop at a small construction site where I've found a few Micraster sp. echinoids before, there hasn't been a lot of activity since we last visited the spot, but it
  17. Fossil Hunting in the Pas-de-Calais So last week was a lot of fun for me. Saturday afternoon we left home to go to northern France, the Pas-de-Calais. We first stopped in Belgium to visit some family, so we only arrived at our B&B near Wissant in the late Sunday afternoon. Our main goal was to go to that region in order to do, obviously, fossil-hunting! And that is what we did. I gotta say that I was (pleasantly) surprised with how things ended up! Read on to see what we found... Day 1: Wissant The evening of our arrival we were walking in the small city of Wis
  18. This Weekend was very busy,saturday afternoon the tide was low and allow a good hunt on the Cap blanc nez with a very grey weather ,heavy rain sometimes a a Mantelliceras picteti from the Cenomanian was here And a Turrilites costatus Big pieces of Calcite time to see the Gault clay Anice pyrite Hoplite from the Albian on the sand small samples to ID inside the clay time to go back on the way :) Today morning with the sun but high tide And before living
  19. Euhoplites

    Spiky ammonite

    Hi TFF, I was thinking about fossils and thought why not make a small trip report. Few weeks ago the GF and I hit the usual spot in France to hunt some Turonian goodies. Lots of sand still, makes it challenging and more exciting when you find something. Within the first 10 minutes on the beach I spotted what I believed were some sweet mammites spikes in a loose boulder on the beach. It must have been just uncovered from under the sand since the sea had done some awesome polishing already. During extraction a spike were to break, glue
  20. Jeremie

    Unidentified tooth

    Hello, I found this fossil in the center of France, in the loire valley. There you can find ammonites, echinoderms, seashells.. all marine animals. Unfortunately I'm not able to identify this one, it looks like a tooth to me but I'm not sure. Dimensions: 2cm
  21. At least I think its a tiny tooth. Size about 3mm. Boulonais, France. Upper jurassic, marine/ terrestial sediments.
  22. Hi! Total newbie here so sorry for the noob questions We made a trip to France (Normandy) near Cap Blanc and found some fossils. I've tried looking online to identify them but as I don't have any knowledge about it it's looking for a needle in a haystack... Can someone help me with the identification with these 2. I'm not sure the tube-like stone is even a fossil or not just some bead we found from someone's necklace... :') It's hollow all the way through. Thanks in advance!
  23. A few weeks ago I went back to Cap Blanc-Nez in France. The variety of fossils that can be found there (aptian,albian,cenomanian,turonian) is the reason I keep coming back. Just 30 mins on the beach together with a french buddy and already a tripmaker. A freshly eroded morrowites, barely touched by the sea. While further excavating it seems a second ammonite is below. Highlighted because it's not that easy to see. Turns out to be a small Lewesiceras, incomplete anyway. Back to the good stuff. The split went like a dream, can't get any
  24. 2 weeks ago, returning from a sale exhibition of minerals and fossils in the Dordogne, we (my wife and I) visited a site in search of fossils rarely sought after by amateurs... The rock that motivated us is a millstone that has been exploited, formed from a lacustrine sediment from the Rupelian (Oligocene), and cuttings from exploitation are still accessible in a wood. The first photo shows a (broken) millstone found in the area; For the search for fossils, you have to be motivated, equipped with a good magnifying glass because the average size of fossils is betw
  25. After a loooong long time I've got a new piece to prepare! I recently recieve this beautiful Hyaenodon canine from Saint hyppolite de Caton (an upper Eocene locality). Many of you would prefer to leve the tooth in the matrix but I'm just to curious to extract it a see how is preserved on the other side but also because this is rock is super rich of fossils and I want to see if I can find anything else.
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