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  1. Steneosaurus revised

    A new fossil crocodylomorph-related paper is now available online: Johnson, M. M., Young, M. T., and Brusatte, S. L. (2020). Emptying the wastebasket: a historical and taxonomic revision of the Jurassic crocodylomorph Steneosaurus. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 189 (2): 428–448. https://doi.org/10.1093%2Fzoolinnean%2Fzlaa027 Michela Johnson and colleagues restrict Steneosaurus to the type species S. rostromajor, and make the teleosauroid snout MNHN 8900 the S. rostromajor lectotype (the skull fragment MNHN 8753 was later recognized as belonging to the metriorhynchid Metriorhynchus superciliosus) and they correctly recognize, as I had tacitly noticed, that Eudes-Deslongchamps (1867-1869) made an error in declaring that the Bathonian-age teleosauroid 'Steneosaurus' megistorhynchus best fulfilled the function of Steneosaurus type species not knowing that megistorhynchus was not an originally included nominal species of Steneosaurus. A Ph.D thesis written by Johnson last year regarding teleosauroids is available at this link: https://era.ed.ac.uk/handle/1842/36656 (Chapter 4 of the thesis by Johnson resurrects Macrospondylus for S. bollensis from the Toarcian of Europe and coins new genera for several taxa placed in Steneosaurus while revalidating Aeolodon and Sericodon, but I wouldn't disclose the names of the new genera until Chapter 4 is published, because doing so would be tantamount to stealing my thunder) In any case, Johnson and colleagues at long last figured out the concept of what the original Steneosaurus is, and given that Bathysuchus, Aeolodon, and Sericodon are much younger than the Steneosaurus type species, whereas Macrospondylus and a few other Early Jurassic teleosauroids are much older than rostromajor, it is apparent that the past assignment of many teleosauroid species to Steneosaurus is a historical accident and not reflective of biology reality, because Lemmysuchus is closer to Machimosaurus than to Steneosaurus or 'S.' edwardsi.
  2. From the album Nautilus from France

    Cenoceras sp. (Hyatt 1884) Bajocian Calvados Normandy
  3. Help with id on this 15 cm bone

    Hello, i post here again to see if someone could help me identifying this bone I found at the beach called Les Roches noires in France. It's a 4 km long beach with a sliding coastline with sedimentary deposits. The bone is heavy and past the "burn-test", in this area I think its Jurassic-Cretaceous layers but I'm not sure, anyway this bone obviously seems more recent than that. I found it jamed in between two rocks near the clay deposits. Thanks in advance,
  4. Hello everyone, Does anybody know what this might be? Found in a stream in the forest in the region of calvados, Normandy,France. I have never found anything like this. U cant really see the details of the thing sticking out of the spongelike matrix in the pics cause my camera is not the best. But here we go:
  5. Help with id on some bones please.

    Hello everyone, During this time of pandemic lockdown (since March 17 here in france) I take a walk in the forest sometimes since I cant go to the beach to search for fossils, im in the area of calvados about 7 km from the coast and these are some of the things I found the other day walking along a dried river in the forest. I believe no.1 is a piece of petrified wood, it's heavy and have very well preserved details that look like wood. The other pieces I'm not sure, they are all heavy like rock and in some of them you can see rock. But I have no idea what they are. Size of the wood piece is 15 cm for scale. Thank you in advance for your help,
  6. From the album Brachiopodes, Shells, corals, sponges......

    Acanthothyris spinosa Schlotheim Bajocian Normandy
  7. Hi there, I'm working at the moment on cataloguing my collection. 98% or so has been self collected over the years. Lately i've cataloguing my fossils from "les Vaches noires" cliffs in normandy / France. Im not finished yet, but i think i should share. So heres my flickr galery "les Vaches Noires " : https://flic.kr/s/aHsmKUCQse i hope you will enjoy.
  8. Last Weekend, i went to visit my first fossils show in Rouen Normandy,the topic was Dinosaurs and Libanese fossils,many normandy and French fossils also!
  9. Ammonites from northern France

    I bought a group of ammonites recently and they were described as coming from the Brittany coast of northern France. I don't know a lot about fossil sites along the French coast but after a little digging I came to the conclusion these probably came from sites nearer Normandy. I asked the seller for further information but sadly the person who collected them has passed away. I thought I'd post a few pics here in the hope that someone might be able narrow down the locality a little further. Thanks in advance for any help!
  10. Nucleolites Scutatus - Les Roches noires

    From the album Best of 2018 finds - a year in review

    Nucleolites Scutatus an echinoid from Les Roches noires (oxfordian)
  11. Indet. Gastropods - Les Roches Noires

    From the album Best of 2018 finds - a year in review

    2 nice gastropods internal molds from "les roches noires" (Oxfordian)
  12. From the album Best of 2018 finds - a year in review

    A set of different urshins (Micraster decipiens and Echinocorys Gravesi) from chalk cliffs of Normandy. Saint pierre en Port and Senneville sur Fécamp (Seine Maritine) - France - Cretaceous
  13. Cidaridae spine - Les Vaches Noires

    From the album Best of 2018 finds - a year in review

    A Cidaridae spine from "les Vaches Noires" cliffs' oxfordian ooltih.
  14. From the album Best of 2018 finds - a year in review

    Quenstedtoceras messiaeni ? : an ammonite from "les Vaches Noires" cliffs' jurassic.
  15. Quenstedtoceras lamberti - Les Vaches Noires

    From the album Best of 2018 finds - a year in review

    Quenstedtoceras lamberti : an ammonite from "les Vaches Noires" ' callovian clay
  16. Bourguetia Sp - Les Vaches Noires

    From the album Best of 2018 finds - a year in review

    Bourguetia Sp : a gastropod from "les Vaches Noires" cliffs' oxfordian ooltih.
  17. Euaspidoceras Sp - Les Vaches Noires

    From the album Best of 2018 finds - a year in review

    Euaspidoceras Sp : an ammonite from "les Vaches Noires" ' callovian clay.
  18. Plagistoma sp - Les Vaches Noires

    From the album Best of 2018 finds - a year in review

    Plagiostoma Sp : a bivalve from "les Vaches Noires" cliffs' oxfordian ooltih.
  19. This Christmas I spent 4 days of fossil hunting with my girlfriend on the French coast. The planning was 2 days in Normandy at the "Vaches Noires" cliffs in villers sur mer and one day at Cap blanc Nez near Calais ( we finally extended the trip with one extra day near Boulogne sur mer ) Day 1: The first day we got at Villers sur mer after a 4h drive from home. Once at the cliffs we had to wait a little while since the tide wasn't low enough, but the beginning of the cliffs were already accessible. The fossil fauna was very variable, we found echinoid spines, echinoids, gastropods, bivalves ( lots of oysters like rastellum ) , ammonites ( mostly fragments ), brachiopods... Our best find of the day was a complete Cardioceras sp. Day 2 started with a visit to the local museum. in the afternoon we got back to the beach. Natalie found 2 ammonites, one of them was a really nice Euaspidoceras. On day 3 we went back North to Boulogne sur mer, here we looked through late Jurassic deposits. Day 4: The last day of our field trip, we visited the late cretaceous of "Cap Blanc Nez"
  20. Paleospace Normandy France

    I've spent 4 days with my girlfriend hunting for fossils in Normandy and northern France for Christmas, we were bound to the tides for access to the fossiliferous beaches, so the Sunday morning during high tide we made a visit to the local museum in Villers sur Mer. I was surprised at the quality of this museum and the effort given for the local fossil fauna, especially the invertebrates, I can recommend this museum to anyone visiting that area. Enjoy the pictures: and the compulsory souvenir shop
  21. Are these all oysters?

    Hey, these pieces were found in the Normandy, France at the Falaises des Vaches Noir near Houlgate. I was wondering if these are all oysters and oysters pieces or if theres also something different?
  22. During april i and a friend had the oportunity to spend a few days hunting in cretaceous of Normandy, hunting for echinoids. Day one : We drove from brittany through Le Havre to Saint Jouin de Bruneval and Antifer Cape. (3 hours and a half) We let the car on the beach parking lot and hiked south on the peeble shore looking for fossils in the boulders on the beach. The cliff is cenomanian with a bit of albian at the bottom. You have to look carefully on rocks surface for the familliar spherical shape. I found about 20 urchins but thats about it. No shark tooth, just a poorly preserved ammonite (mantelliceras) and a few rhynchonellas At some point we noticed tide was coming back faster than expected, most likely because of the wind pushing the water back. We had to quicken the pace, and made our way through the slippery covered with algae rocks. We finally managed our way back to the car and took the road to Fécamp where we had booked an hotel for the next 2 nights. some finds of the day : Crassiholaster subglobosus : Crassiholaster subglobosus : Cyclothyris difformis : See the all hunt gallery here http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/gallery/album/2849-haute-normandie-april-2018/ or on my flickr : https://flic.kr/s/aHsmiwWft6
  23. Micraster decipiens - 6

    From the album Haute normandie - April 2018

    Micraster decipiens : a cretaceous echinoid from Saint-Pierre en Port
  24. Micraster decipiens - 5

    From the album Haute normandie - April 2018

    Micraster decipiens : a cretaceous echinoid from Saint-Pierre en Port
  25. Micraster decipiens - 4

    From the album Haute normandie - April 2018

    Micraster decipiens : a cretaceous echinoid from Senneville sur Fécamp
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