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  1. bone fragment

    i have this bone for a long time now, but i never realy knew what it was. i think it could be a unla fragment but i'm not sure. i hope maybe someone will know what it could be and the place where i found it was at Maasvlakte 2, the netherlands.
  2. Weird armor-like thing

    Hi all, Found this 2 days ago on the Zandmotor (Netherlands). I have no clue what it is... Anyone know what it could be from? Thanks in advance, Max
  3. Hi all, I found this fossil oyster (Ostrea edulis) two days ago on the Zandmotor (Netherlands). It's from the Eemian stage of the Pleistocene (120'000 years old). What made me pick up this oyster was its really weird feature. In the inside, this looks like a normal oyster: But when you turn it around, you can see that this oyster had a really rough time! Part of it is completely crushed, pushed in. And there are weird lines on it too. Now of course, the first idea that came onto my mind was that this oyster got crushed when it got pumped out of the sea and thrown onto the beach. But this wouldn't really work, because if you apply just a bit of force anywhere on a fossil oyster, it will easily break/snap. It won't get a new shape. And I have no clue what might have made those weird lines on it. Therefore, I ask your opinion: what do you think happened to this oyster for it to become crushed (but not break), and have those weird lines? Looking forward to some interesting theories! Max More photos:
  4. Scaphopod: species?

    Hi all, Two days ago, during my hunt on the Zandmotor, I found my first scaphopod!!! Is the species Antalis vulgaris, or is it another one? Found on the Zandmotor (Netherlands), from the Eemian stage of the Pleistocene (120'000 years old). Thanks in advance, Max
  5. Fish tooth?

    Hi all, I found this really weird thing two days ago on the Zandmotor (Netherlands). I think it's some kind of fish tooth, because (even though they don't look like each other) I think it might have had the same function as the Eotrigonodon fish teeth. Most of the fossils from the Zandmotor are Pleistocene, but sometime Eocene fossils show up (such as shark teeth). So it could be either. The thing is 3 mm long. Anyways, do you also agree with fish tooth? If yes, any clue on the species? Thanks in advance, Max
  6. Big bone piece

    Hi all, I found this big piece of bone yesterday on the Zandmotor (Netherlands) (Pleistocene). Most probably from a large mammal. Anyone know what part of the body it might be, and from what animal? Thanks in advance, Max
  7. Tiny little bone

    Hi all, Here is a tiny piece of bone I found on the Zandmotor (Netherlands) (Pleistocene). Do you know what part of the skeleton it might have come from, and from what animal? For now I'm thinking mouse... I can take closeups if needed. Thanks in advance, Max
  8. Big rib (?) piece

    Hi all, Here is a piece of bone, and I think it's part of a big rib (this being the part connecting the rib to the spinal column). It comes from the Zandmotor (NL), which is known for its numerous remains of mammal fossils from the late Pleistocene (40'000 years ago) (mammoth, cave lion, jaguar, dire wolf, woolly rhino, etc). Anyone know from what animal it might have come from? Thanks in advance, Max
  9. Sting winkle

    From the album @Max-fossils 's Zandmotor Finds

    A broken but still rare find of the European sting winkle, Ocenebra erinacea.
  10. Carpet shell

    From the album @Max-fossils 's Zandmotor Finds

    A cool and good size Venerupis senescens, common name carpet shell.
  11. Partial rib

    From the album @Max-fossils 's Zandmotor Finds

    A small piece of what would have been a rib of a big mammal.
  12. Shark tooth

    From the album @Max-fossils 's Zandmotor Finds

    My first shark tooth found on the Zandmotor, from the Eocene. Unfortunately, it's too worn to give it a species name.
  13. Gastropod from the Zandmotor

    Hi all, I'm having trouble putting a species on this tiny critter. Anyone know what it could be? I found it on the Zandmotor (NL), and it's from the middle Pleistocene (about 120'000 years old). I can get close-ups of the sculpture if needed. Thanks! Max
  14. Shark tooth from the Zandmotor

    Hi all, Yesterday, on a fun day at the Zandmotor, I found my very first shark tooth Shark teeth at the Zandmotor are kinda rare, so for me this is an exciting find. Maybe it's small, worn and has some feeding damage, but I'm still proud of it. Anyways, I would love to put a name on this one. So: it comes from the Zandmotor, Netherlands, and is from the Eocene. I'm thinking Striatolamia macrota for the moment, as I can see the small remains of a worn out cusp (4th photo). The 5th and 6th photo are extracts of a small fossil guide I have, called Zeeuwse strandfossielen , written by Harry Raad en the Zeeuws Genootschap. It's in Dutch, but if you want to translate the content you can use Google Translate. Most of the info seems to match; apart from the size. What do you think? Am I correct, am I wrong, or is this tooth too worn to be IDd? Thanks, Max
  15. Woolly rhino molar

    From the album @Max-fossils 's Zandmotor Finds

    An awesome woolly rhino molar, of the species Coelodonta antiquatis. Though the chewing surface is slightly damaged, this is so far my best Zandmotor find!
  16. Zandmotor bone

    Hi all, I was looking through my bones from the Zandmotor today, when I saw this one. It seems to have quite a weird shape, so maybe it is a complete bone? I'm not that good with mammal anatomy, you out there are probably better than me. Found on the Zandmotor, Netherlands, aged from the Pleistocene, most probably from a mammal. So my question is, is there anything else to say about this fossil, or is it just a worn piece of bone? Thanks, Max
  17. Trix the T-Rex

    Hello fellow fossil enthusiasts, I should have posted this a long time ago, in fact I should have done it when I got home from the visit, but I guess I forgot... So here it is, with about 2 months of delay. So that day I went to the Naturalis museum in Leiden, Netherlands. I went there for a special reason: to see a record-holding fossil! And this legend is nothing less than Trix, the mighty T-Rex. What is special with Trix is that it's the only T-Rex fossil to be in a museum outside of America. Here is the story behind the beast: a couple were hiking in Montana, when they saw a big brown bone sticking out of the ground. They quickly contacted the Black Hills Institute, which acknowledged the find to be of a T-Rex. They contacted several museums to see who would be willing to dig it out, having quite a few denials, when they contacted Naturalis. Our Dutch museum jumped on the opportunity. But knowing that they didn't have the money to dig all of that out, they asked the public to donate money to them. I was one of the many donators, and gave 10$. With all the donations, and after about 2 years of work, the team managed to bring the beast home. It was a 12 m long female Tyrannosaurus rex, and they found around 80% of the skeleton!!! Thanks to this, the Naturalis is now one of the most important European museums, if not the world. Trix has already attracted a few millions of tourists, and even other museums; in fact it's soon going to Barcelona to be shown to the public there. Here are some photos that I took. At first, before seeing the actual showpiece, there was a hall with moving dinosaurs that co-habited with Trix. Seems like some of the chickens lost their feathers . Luckily not all chickens were naked. But the giant chicken had also forgotten to put his clothes on, and as you can see the ankykosaur wasn't much impressed Unfortunately this trike did not escape the giant naked chicken...
  18. Hi all, Today at a flea market I purchased a small handful of shells found on the Kaloot (NL), where you can find fossil sharkteeth as well as fossil seashells (and other fossils). He assured me that at least some (if not all) are fossils, which is true: the Pliothyrina in the middle is extinct, so it has to be a fossil; and many of the astartes on the bottom seem to be fossilized too. But I'm not sure that all the shells are fossilized. Therefore I was wondering, does anyone know how to separate fossil shells from modern ones? Best regards, Max
  19. Woolly Rhino molar

    A nice lower molar of the woolly rhino, found on the Zandmotor. Note that the chewing surface is slightly damaged. Found as beach float, from offshore deposits.
  20. A successful Zandmotor hunt!

    Hello everyone! Saturday, I went hunting again at the Zandmotor. Even though it is only 25 min away by car from my house, I don't get to hunt there often. First off, a small introduction to the Zandmotor: The Zandmotor is a big beach extension between Kijkduin and Ter Heijde, and it is made by man. The fossils found there are mainly seashells (clams and cockles), which fill the beach, and also mammal bones, which most people search for (most just ignore the seashells, which leaves more for a seashell-lover like me ). Sometimes great white shark teeth are found too, but they are the only species of shark found at the Zandmotor (from what I heard); it's a mystery as to how the shark teeth got there. All the fossils date from the Pleistocene to the Holocene periods (so they are relatively young). The reason that fossils can be found there is because the fossils got dredged up from the North Sea, which is very rich in fossils; the case is similar for the Maasvlakte 2 and the Hoek van Holland, two other locations on the Dutch coast. The Zandmotor actually just looks like any other normal sandy beach, and many people just use it as such. In fact many people that regularly go on the Zandmotor ignore that fossils can be found! The Zandmotor is also a popular place for taking your dog out for a walk. Now my trip report: When we arrived, it was still rather cloudy, but at least it wasn't raining and there was little wind. We did put on our fat coats and were well prepared to face the cold. The small crash of the waves and the squawk of the seagulls filled the air. In the background, the harbor could be seen. Lucky for us, the weather quickly cleared up and gave way to a nice blue sky.
  21. Thanks for clicking this topic, because I really need your help! I have here several clams (14 in total) that I urgently need to get rid off! They're taking up way too much space in my collection... Here is all the info about them: • Mactra plistoneerlandica • Clam • Zandmotor, Netherlands • Pleistocene; 100'000 y All are in good condition. What you have to send back to me? Easy: anything you want (as long as it's still a recognizable fossil). For me, those shells have no value, because I find plenty of them at my usual hunting location, but for someone in the US or in Asia, it might be interesting for you. I'd put the value of those at about 3 or 4 $, so if you have any fossil/fossils of low value that you have to get rid off, I'd be glad to hear from you. Only things that I do not want: bull/dusky shark teeth, lemon shark teeth, clams/cockles. Anything else is fine. Oh, and if you only want to get one or two clams and not the whole package,that's fine too. By the way, two of them have a small hole in them, so if you are into jewelry making, you might like those. Please help me get rid of the shells asap! Best regards and happy Easter, Max
  22. Big mammal tooth

    Hi all, Had a very successful hunt at the Zandmotor yesterday (will post a trip report soon), where I namely found this jewel: a very big nearly complete mammal tooth! Looks a lot like a molar. But I have no idea of what animal it came from... Anyone have a clue? Found on the Zandmotor, NL; Pleistocene in age. Happy Easter everyone! Max
  23. 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
  24. View of the Zandmotor

    From the album @Max-fossils 's Zandmotor Finds

    A view of the Zandmotor, with many gulls in the background.
  25. Hello, Found these two fossils in Schellinkhout (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schellinkhout) in the 70's and have never been able to find out what they are. I have two of them, found them on the same little beach with a few weeks of separation. About 10 cm long, 4 cm wide and tapered in a short of fin-like shape, looks to me like wood or of vegetal origin, but I find nothing similar when I search for fossilised wood pictures. Would love to hear what you think, Cheers.