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  1. Hello to everybody! I'm kinda new here, but before I start I must say I really love this forum! It has really great vibes and you instantly can tell that this is a good and friendly community! So, I am ziggycardon, I live in Belgium, close to the border of the Netherlands and when we start speaking geologically, I live on the same cretaceous sediments as where the first major Mosasaurus discoveries where done! Unfortunatly I have never been on a fossil hunt myself and everything currently in my collection was bought or given to me. But I hope to change that soon, as I am dying to go hunting myself. Maybe the Chalk sediments 3 km from my home would be a good place to start! For the rest, my job, my major hobby and my other main interest besides fossils are living animals. I currently work as the head of terrarium & aquarium in 3 different pet stores and I have quite a collection of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and tropic fish myself. In my spare time I often take my own living animals along with my fossils and other educational natural history material to schools so I can teach kids about nature and it's history and hidden mechanics. For the rest are my other hobbies mainly based around movies and televisions as I collect a lot of stuff drom my favorite franchises like "Lord or the Rings" & "The Hobbit", "Game of Thrones, "Pirates of the Caribbean", ... And I also attent a lot of comic cons and other events related to those franchises. But then this topic! In this topic I will show my collection of fossils (and also minerals, stones and meteorites) as it is right now and then I will highlight each group of fossils bit by bit. I am currently starting with a own specialized fossil room, so ofcourse the progress and end result will also be posted here! And ofcourse when something get's added to my collection, I'll show it here as well. Sometimes a photo of my "special" pets or taxidermy specimens might pop up, but this topic will mainly be about the fossil room and my fossil collection. For the rest, if you have any comments or questions about the collection or about me or about anything, feel free to ask! I'd love to reply!
  2. Vertebra id

    Besides of the tooth and several other bones I also found some this vertebra: I am really not sure if its a mammal vert or something. Is it even fossil? I have my doubts.... Its from the area of Ijmuiden (Netherlands), so its probably from the Holocene. Can anybody help on the id? Again perhaps @LordTrilobite or @Harry Pristis ?
  3. Mammal tooth id

    Hi guys, I found this mammal tooth a while ago at the Zandmotor near Den Haag in the Netherlands. You can find there fossils from the Quaternary period. The tooth is about 2 cm long and the crown is quite damaged. Looks a bit like a very small woolly rhino tooth but I am really not sure. Can anybody help me? Maybe @Harry Pristis or @LordTrilobite ? Here is the tooth:
  4. Mammal tooth

    Long time, since I last time posted anything.. Well, here is something I stumbled upon while walking on the (beautiful) dunes near Amsterdam. It clearly is a tooth and I somewhat am confident it about being either some cow or bison, (upper??) molar. I have been second guessing it being an fossil afterall, and would like to get another opinions of it. In my eyes, bottom side looks more like rock than bone with rootcanals..
  5. Hi everyone, Not last Wednesday, but the one before that one, I went to the Zandmotor again for a hunt, and it went well! As soon as I went down on the beach (I was still in the Kijkduin area, not yet on the Zandmotor), so only some 5 minutes or so into the hunt, I found this little ugly thing in the sand: It's a small (slightly incomplete) mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) lamella! It's from the late Pleistocene, some 40'000 years ago. It's nowhere as nice as the previous one I found, but this one's cool too. Still happy to have found it because lately I've really been on a dry spell when it comes to the mammal stuff, so hopefully this is a sign that I'm gonna find some more again. After that, I continued hunting for some 4 hours or so, until the rain chased me away. The weather, although sunny at first, was really not great because there was a lot of wind. This made it a bit colder, but more annoyingly there was sand going everywhere. At some point I was checking out a little sand cliff for some shells, but had to turn my back immediately because the sand was going in my eyes. Also, the 'wich' part of my sandwich became essentially irrelevant... I did make some cool fossil shells finds though:
  6. Found in shell beds in the south of the netherlands, can anyone identify these fragments for me? I found 3 different bone fragments (?) which i will upload. 1/3
  7. Hey guys, I’m heading to Raalte in The Netherlands for a family trip and wanted to know what the fossil/artifact scene is there and if there are any spots you all would recommend! I’d love to bring home some European fossils
  8. Bone pieces from the Banjaard

    Hi everyone, Here are 3 bone pieces I found last month on the Banjaard beach in the Netherlands. Not sure what any of these are. Their age is most likely Pleistocene, but it could also be Pliocene. Both terrestrial and marine are possible. Let me know if any of these remind you of anything! Thanks in advance, Max Bone #1:
  9. Amazing hunt at the Banjaard

    Hi everyone, I'm really late on this one, but better late than never! On the 6th of April I went to the Banjaard beach again, and although our hunt was short it was super interesting! I started off by searching the coastline, where I found lots of bivalves such as Tridonta borealis, Mya truncata, Mytilus edulis, Arctica islandica, etc. After a while I went higher up the beach and started looking for the gastropod shell banks we had a lot of luck at last time. Unfortunately I didn't manage to find them... which tells me that the banks come and go, and that that previous hunt was just really lucky. However we got lucky again this time, by finding another type of shell bank! This giant 'cloud' you see here yielded a crazy amount of smaller rare fossils!
  10. Bryozoan? From the Banjaard

    Hi everyone, Here's a cool little thing I found on the Banjaard beach (Zeeland, Netherlands) last month. I believe it's a type of bryozoan? If so, what species? Apart from the mollusks, the invertebrates are really not my strong point... The age of this thing is probably (anywhere in the) Pleistocene, but possibly older (up to Eocene). It might be modern too... The most common sediments at this location are Eemian (warm interglacial stage in the late Pleistocene) in age. This specimen was found in a bed of lots of tiny Lacuna vincta shells, if that helps. Thanks in advance, Max
  11. Hi all, This weekend, after the long, boring and annoying winter months (it's always mildly cold, but very windy and rainy in the Netherlands in winter... horrible fossil hunting conditions) spring finally let out the tip of its nose, with a nice sun, blue sky and decent temperature. About time! We all know what this means... time to do some fossil-hunting! So on Sunday morning I woke up, prepared my fossil hunting equipment (mainly bags and boxes; no tools needed for this beach), made myself a lunch, and set out at 13:00 to the bus. The bus ride to Kijkduin takes me about an hour, so I arrived at the beach at 14:06. But, as usual, because it's by bus I'm not dropped off at the ideal spot, so I have to walk about an hour on the beach, due south-west, to actually get to the Zandmotor. But that wasn't much of a problem... this part of the beach already has a few fossils to yield, although not as many, so you can start the fossil hunting right away. Didn't find anything significant though in that first stretch. You're literally walking on lots of Eemian fossil shells, but these species are all very common. Spisula solida, Cerastoderma edule, C. glaucum, and Macoma balthica are just not worth picking up, unless it's a specimen that stands out to me (unusual size, pathologies, weird colors, etc). Here's a map to better illustrate the places I will mention. Note that it's approximate. Also, the sand cliffs and the shell banks often move around, we are after all on a beach with lots of wind and water movement, so these positions aren't defined. But this is what was the case this weekend. And the pink Zandmotor "limit" isn't accurate either, it's more my view as in "this is good fossil-hunting territory". By the way, that red S is where the bus drops me off. Oh, and that big puddle in the middle of the beach is actually a very popular kite-surf spot, especially for amateurs because there are no waves. This time I started off the hunt at the "sand cliffs" as I like to call them, (2m tall at the highest point, so not real cliffs), then went on to an area more to the south of the Zandmotor (at the bottom of the dark blue line on the map). It was my first time properly hunting that little area, and it turns out it's actually a good spot, I found lots of good bivalve fossils there! After an hour or two I sat down to eat my lunch (yes, a very late lunch, but time flies by when you're fossil hunting! I'm actually still surprised I remembered to eat my lunch at all, I usually get so caught up in the hunt that I often just completely forget to eat my lunch at all ), then went onto the richest part of the Zandmotor when it comes to shells, the..... (drumroll please)............. shell banks! I know, very unexpected! The real Eemian shell banks are usually lying on the north-center of the Zandmotor, between the cliffs and the shoreline. That is when I made my two favorite finds of the day: a gorgeous Propebela turricula, and a bit later, Gari fervensis! After a total of about 5 hours hunting, I decided it was time to get back home, so I called it a day. But man was it a good day! I found an incredible diversity of fossil shells, especially bivalves. Onto some pictures, starting with some location pics.
  12. Hi everyone, My last hunt of 2018 was incredible. And quite surprising too! For Xmas, we went to Middelburg in Zeeland to visit my mother's family, which is always a huge load of fun for me because I get to hang out with all my cousins, that I don't see very often. Anyways, one of the days, they all wanted to do a big walk on one of the beaches. At first they wanted to go to Dishoek, but I managed to convince them to go to the Banjaard instead. Once arrived, we split into 2 groups: one was my mother, my eldest cousin (18), my 2nd-youngest cousin (6), and I. All the rest went to the other group. The other group just walked, but our little group did something much more interesting... You guessed it: fossil hunting! As soon as we got onto the beach, we almost immediately found our first fish vertebra, but after that we seemed to have hit a small dry spell for nothing really worthy was being found. A few common fossil bivalves here and there, but nothing more. For my two cousins, it was their first time fossil hunting, and we had to give them a few examples to show them what to look for. I told them to focus on the fish vertebrae, because these were the easiest to recognize. The smaller one also did a lot of shell-hunting on her own, always picking up the most colorful ones and saying this one was Mama shell, this one Papa shell, this one Sister, etc until she made one giant family of orange shells Then after about an hour or two of hunting with rather little success, we finally hit these little shell banks on the beach. And there, BINGO! Gastropod after gastropod, we couldn't stop finding an incredible amount of them. On the Dutch shores, fossil (and modern too) gastropods are generally much less common than fossil bivalves. So the amount we found here was very surprising!
  13. Shark tooth from Nieuwvliet

    Hi all, Here’s a cool little shark tooth I got from a super nice lady during the fossil fair in Harderwijk last weekend. She found it on the beach of Nieuwvliet-Bad in Zeeland (Netherlands). I’m trying to ID it but having some trouble doing so... looks most like a Striatolamia macrota but the shape of the tip of the crown seems off, and mine doesn’t have any cusps (and doesn’t appear to have had cusps now worn off either). Anyone have an idea? The tooth’s age is ambiguous, from Pliocene to early Eocene (all ages are found on the beaches of Zeeland), but seeing that she mostly found Eocene species nearby (ie Otodus auriculatus) this is one has a slightly higher chance of being Eocene too. Thanks in advance! Max
  14. Hi everyone! For those of you who live in or close to the Netherlands: on the 9th of March 2019, the PaleoTime-NL International Fossil Show will be held again, this year in the town of Harderwijk, The Netherlands. This show is the biggest paleontological event in the Netherlands, a meeting between amateur and professional paleontologists, for the exchange of knowledge, experiences and fossils. There are informative lectures, prep demo's and many more activities. Entrance is free. For more information, see the website www.paleotime.nl/en Is anyone of you guys going? Cheers, Johan
  15. Yesterday I made a visit to the Natural History Museum of Maastricht (The Netherlands) for my Birthday The museum is only a 40 minute drive from where I live and it showcases the entire natural history of the region, the cool thing about this museum is that the fossils which are showcased here are all regional fossils from The Netherlands, Germany & Belgium. I am starting the topic off with 2 pictures of the special exhibit called Microsculptures, which shows giant detailed photographs of insects to show how magnifecent they are. Then I went on to the "Mosaleum" which holds "Bér" the holotype specimen of Prognathodon saturator
  16. Sting winkle

    From the album @Max-fossils 's Zandmotor Finds

    A broken but still rare find of the European sting winkle, Ocenebra erinacea.
  17. https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/uob-fdi011419.php
  18. My Small fossil collection

    Hi Nicky here! This is my small fossil collection which I started since I was 10 and expanded it when I was 18 If you have questions or have any suggestions for me please feel free to ask/tell My collection This is a overview of what I have. This is one of my favourites, the Spinosaurus I loved the creature when I first saw him in Jurassic park 3 and ever since it is one of my favourite carnivores! Carcharodon, A pretty tooth in my opinion. One of my newer tooth that I got, It is not specified what Kind of raptor it is but maybe you guys know? It's the smallest tooth that I currently own! Mosasaurus, one of the first teeth that I got and It is in my collection for a very long time. Plesiosaurus, This tooth is pretty cool in my opinion since it comes from the plesiosaurus which I find to be a very interesting reptile. Megalodon, Yes you read that right! a very bad condition meg tooth but never the less I find the unique look very cool. Otodus Obliquus, I fell in love when I saw the tooth and how it was stuck in the stone. Dalpiazia Stromeri, A tooth I got because it was one of the prey that the spinosaurus hunted on so I needed this one! Flexicalymene Retrorsa, My first trilobite and a cool looking one as well! Leptolepis, I found this fossil but I do not know allot about this creature so if you guys know more please tell me! Atlasaurus imelaki, Also a dinosaur that I do not know allot about but this piece was very cool. Oviraptor eggshell and a titanosauria eggshell, I always wanted a piece of a dinosaur egg so I got two shells! Mammoth hair and Amber with an insect, Cool things to own in my opinion. Dinosaur bone fragments, I picked these up on my trip in the USA when I was 10 good memories of visiting that shop :D. Ammonite, A small piece of ammonite which looked pretty cool to pick up. Whale ear, I got this from the same guy that gave me the Megalodon tooth in spain. Big ammonite, It is 40 cm in diameter and weights 14 kg this big ammonite is a big piece of my collection! Those were my fossils I got big plans to get more and bigger!
  19. @Linus told me a wonderful story about treasuring precious times with the people you love... whether or not you find what you think you are looking for. I immediately realized I had another similar, WONDERFUL stone. It appears to be “chock full” of interesting flora and fauna! @Linus, I truly hope this is also a Skanör fossil!
  20. Hi all, Last weekend, there was an excursion organized by the Paleobiologische Kring (a fossil club here in the Netherlands) on the Zandmotor. As you know I had already been quite a lot of times on the Zandmotor, because it is my usual spot. But seeing that a few of my contacts, namely a fossil friend I had met at a fair, Thijs, as well as the curator of the natural history museum in Rotterdam Bram Langeveld (that I know pretty well), were going to the trip, I decided to join in just for the fun of hunting with others. Turns out that was a really smart decision, because their company brought me a lot of luck! The day started off with a small lecture by Bram about the Zandmotor and the finds that can be made there. For most people it was their first time on the Zandmotor, so the lecture was pretty useful for them. Then after that, we went onto the beach to start finding some fossils ourselves. We went from the south side of the beach (Monster), whereas I usually always come from the north side (Kijkduin) as it is closer to my house. The weather was absolutely ideal for fossil hunting. Not cold, but not very warm either. Very little wind, blue sky, few clouds, perfect. During the trip, nearly everyone was looking for mammal (mammoth and other megafaunal Ice Age species) bones. I was, along with two or three others, the only one also looking for shells. As soon as I got onto the beach, I already found a nice partial Mactra glauca, a pretty rare species. A good start already! It didn't take long before some people found mammoth bone fragments. During the hunt, I talked quite a lot to other hunters, especially to Bram and the other shell hunter. Very interesting discussions, I learned a lot of new little details about shell identification. Meanwhile, I was finding some of the most incredible fossil shells! Species that would normally be a trip-maker I found several of, and some beyond-rare species also flashed under my eyes. It was unbelievable how much I was finding! At the end of the hunt, because we went back to the starting point (south side), after having said bye to the others, I had to walk all the way to the north side, so I spent some more time looking, and that revealed even more finds. I couldn't believe how much I was finding! The sun was setting at the time I just left the beach, and that's also when the clouds started to thicken: While walking along the bike path towards the parking where my dad was waiting to pick me up, I made one last very surprising and definitely fun find: a great mammal vertebra! Just laying there on the side of the bike path in plain view. It was pretty sun-bleached, so it must have sat there for quite some time. I was surprised that no one had noticed it before me, but didn't complain either. I suppose another hunter had found it and accidentally left it there? Regardless, it was a fantastic way to finish up this incredible hunt. Apart from the sunset pic above, I didn't take any location (or in-situ) pics during the hunt. If you want to see some more pictures (and finds) from this location you can search the forum for "Zandmotor"; this should bring up some results of the trip reports I've previously made of some of my hunts (I only make trip reports of my most successful/interesting ZM hunts).
  21. Banjaard beach hunt

    Hi everyone, Last month, as I stayed a weekend at my grandparent's house, we decided to go to the Banjaard beach for some fossil hunting. I had asked Bram Langeveld (Natuurhistorisch Rotterdam) and Ronald Pouwer (Naturalis) which one of the "Zeeuwse stranden" (beaches of Zeeland, a province in the south-west Netherlands) was currently the best to hunt at. Both said that they were hearing some good stuff about the Banjaard beach recently, which has mainly Pleistocene fossils (including Eemian shells). Seeing that I can also find Eemian shells and other Pleistocene stuff at the Zandmotor, my usual hunting spot, I was a little reluctant at first, but still ended up going there. Good thing I did, because it was a rather successful hunt! The weather was really nice, bright blue skies and fresh (but not cold) temperatures.
  22. Bone piece from the Banjaard

    Hi everyone, I found this bone piece on the Banjaard beach in Zeeland, Netherlands. It is most likely Pleistocene in age, but could be a little older. Seeing the structure in the inside I think it's part of the skull of some kind of big mammal, but I'm not completely sure. Do you guys agree with cranium piece? Any clues as to which animal it might have belonged? Let me know if more pictures are needed. Thanks in advance, Max
  23. Tooth (?) from Zeeland

    Hi all, When I saw this specimen on the beach of Banjaard (in Zeeland, Netherlands), I picked it up thinking it was just a small piece of bone with a weird shape. But now that I've been looking at it more closely I am almost completely convinced that it is in fact a worn out tooth from some kind of mammal (perhaps dolphin or seal?). There are some small bits of enamel left on the (thinner; right side on the first photos) tip of the tooth. The Banjaard beach has mostly Pleistocene stuff, but older things can wash up occasionally (the same day I found a Pliocene and an Eocene shell, so there's a real mix of stuff). So this tooth has a possible age of pretty much the whole Neogene. I tried to capture the enamel bits on camera but it's pretty difficult. This is my best attempt, hopefully it is good enough to see the separation between normal bone and enamel. Do you guys think it is possible to say anything more about this little fossil? Thanks in advance, Max
  24. Teylers Museum of Wonders

    Teylers, Museum of Wonder The oldest museum in the Netherlands 1784 and is located in Haarlem. The collection contains early laboratory equipment , fossils and paintings. Fossil Rooms This wing of the museum was opened in 1885. Many of the fossil in this collection was used for Darwin’s the Origin of Species. Giant Salamander, when this fossil was found only the head and spine were visible, and was thought to be part of a human skeleton. Playing into the belief that it was proof of when fossils were regarded as evidence of the Biblical Flood. In 1811 however French scientist Cuvier chiselled a layer of stone away and revealed the front legs of a giant salamander. more beauties Incredible
  25. I alreay posted my little hunt in Antwerp here. Beside that I also hunted on a few beaches near Cadzand. Its quite a popular location and there are many people, who are looking for shark teeth. But the quality of the shark teeth isnt that good compared to land sites. Here are some pictures of the beaches: I was mainly in Cadzand directly, in the area of Nieuwvliet but also on a beach near Vlissingen. Here is a picture of the beach near Vlissingen (De Kaloot): Some "in situ" pictures: + Doesnt look too bad Here is my haul: This was the biggest one with a length of 4 cm from Cadzand: I was very happy about this one: A 2.5 cm long Notorynchus primigenius I found it at the "Zwarte Polder" (near Cadzand) One of the best non-tooth-find was this ear bone of a dolphin: (about 3 cm long) My find werent that good but the season wasnt ideal. (too hot, too many people, not much wind ...) Nevertheless I am satisfied with my finds and hopefully next year I can find even more things Thanks for watching!
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