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  1. Last sunday October 24th I decided to visit the old Andil clay quarry at Liesberg in Switzerland, just over two hours driving from where I live, to see what fossils I might find there. Now a nature reserve where collecting is tolerated as long as the natural parts are not disturbed, the deposits at this quarry, mined for cement production between 1934 and 1980, date to the Upper Callovian and Lower to Middle Oxfordian (source). It is thus stratigraphically - though not petrologically - comparable to the geology of Vaches Noires in Normandy, with which I'm much more familiar, albeit with the in
  2. RomainH_Swiss

    Crab Claw Switzerland?

    Hello, Went fossil hunting in a famous Swiss Jurassic Location, the quarry of Liesberg. While cracking some rocks found what seems to be a crab claw. Can anyone help me identifying it? I was not aware such fossils could be found there, is it common or rather rare? Thank you! Cheers, Romain
  3. Kasia

    Fossils from Pilatus mountain

    Dear TFF members, I have just returned from the trip to Austria and Swizterland and I need help in identifying the ones I found on the top of Pilatus mountain. From what I've read, Pilatus is made of Cretaceous rocks. To me they look like some sort of microfossils - I'm afraid I cannot take any more detailed photos with my camera, but I hope someone here will be able to make out what it is anyway
  4. Danusorn Chu

    What is this bivalve fossil species?

    I don't know whether this species is trigoniid or nuculanid bivalve. This fossil was found by me during fossil hunting at Frick, Switzerland with my family.
  5. This fossil was found at Liesberg, Switzerland. It looks like Psiloceras mixed with Hildoceras.
  6. This ammonite was found by my cousin's husband at Frick, Switzerland in June 2017. The diameter of the ammonite is 19.5 mm. This ammonite is calcified.
  7. hi_d

    Swiss fossils

    Hi Everyone! I'm new to the group so please bear with me if I am repeating a question. We have just moved to Switzerland and my son LOVES looking for bugs, animals and fossils. I saw a post from 2012 about Laufen having a good site to find fossils. Please could Jps or anyone else contact me (I haven't found the PM function yet) to let me know where this site is. Can we take the fossils home that we find? We possibly found a fossil with a fish fin or trilobite on it whilst hiking yesterday near Nenzlingen, we left it there as we weren't sure if we were allowed to take it or not.
  8. Kimeno

    ID - fossil from switzerland

    I found this fossil in Switzerland when I was younger, and I’ve always wondered what it is. I found it in a random rock pile. If someone could please help that would be great!
  9. I was recently asked to do a review on a recently published book about the Fossils of the Alpstein, an area in Switzerland south of the southern shores of the Lake of Constance, where the highest peak is the Säntis. It was of particular interest to me, since it's not all that far away from home and I had already been up that mountain a few times, not realizing that there were fossils to be found there off the beaten path. So, after studying the possibilities given in the book, I settled on a visit to the so-called Kamm Bank, a Member of the Albian/Cenomanian Garschella Formation, where I was h
  10. DatFossilBoy

    Does anyone know Swiss fossil sites?

    Hey guys, A bit of an unusual post: I’m looking to go hunting in Switzerland since I often stay there but I don’t know any fossil sites. I’m looking for vertebrate sites in Switzerland (like shark teeth) and fossil sites around my area (Valais). If any member knows some sites and have experience , please share, that would be awesome. Thanks for the help and kind regards.
  11. We Finally Know How This Ancient Reptile Lived With Such an Absurdly Long Neck By Mike McRae, Field Museum press release link Aquatic Habits and Niche Partitioning in the Extraordinarily Long-Necked TriassicReptile Tanystropheus Spiekman et al., Aquatic Habits and Niche Partitioning  in the Extraordinarily Long-Necked Triassic Reptile, Tanystropheus, Current Biology (2020) PDF Yours, Paul H.
  12. A new paper is available online: Oliver W. M. Rauhut; Femke M. Holwerda; Heinz Furrer (2020). A derived sauropodiform dinosaur and other sauropodomorph material from the Late Triassic of Canton Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Swiss Journal of Geosciences 113 (1): Article number 8. doi:10.1186/s00015-020-00360-8. Schleitheimia is the first latest Norian-Rhaetian sauropodiform to be described from mainland Europe (Camelotia is a sauropodiform, but comes from the British Isles), considering that Triassic sauropodomorph cladistic diversity from Central Europe was thought to be d
  13. Ismael Invernizzi

    Shark tooth (?) from Holderbank (CH)

    Hello everybody, could you help me identify this fossil? was found in a quarry in Holderbank, Switzerland. From the information I found it should be sediments from the upper Jurassic. Looking at other photos, it looks like shark's tooth to me, but I'm no expert. If it is shark's tooth, is it possible to trace it back to the species?
  14. Fossilhound2014

    Megalodon skeleton from Peru

  15. Hello everyone, If there is one of you a collector of brachiopods. I have some brachiopods to exchange (see photos below). Precise fossil finds are provided with the shipments. I still have some other fossils to exchange. I'll put the pictures later. I am mainly looking for brachiopods from any time and the whole geographical area. Please pay attention to postal charges for international shipments. Although for few parcels it is not too high. We must keep in mind. That I live in Switzerland. If you are interested in letting me know. Best regards.
  16. DatFossilBoy

    Swiss Ammonite ID needed

    Hey guys, So a month ago I went on a hike at 3000m of altitude to this fossilferous site near Plaine-Morte, Switzerland. There I found mostly ammonite fragments including : Sowerbiceras, Perisphinctes( Properisphinctes?), Deshayites and a few belemnites (Hibolites?) I contacted a fossil expert on fossils and that knew a lot about fossils from Switzerland and he indicated me the genuses above as well as the age : Upper Jurassic, Oxfordian ( 163-157 mya ) I went back to the same site where I found this almost complete ammonite. I have no idea what it is and don’t reall
  17. A new Triassic theropod-related paper is available online: Marion Zahner; Winand Brinkmann (2019). A Triassic averostran-line theropod from Switzerland and the early evolution of dinosaurs. Nature Ecology & Evolution. 3. doi:10.1038/s41559-019-0941-z. Notatesseraeraptor is the third European Triassic theropod for which cranial remains are known (the still-to-be-renamed form Zanclodon cambrensis [aka "Newtonsaurus"]), and given the lack of crests as in Dilophosaurus and its placement next to Averostra and Dilophosauridae, it indicates a higher cladistic diversity of
  18. The first week of June I managed to break away from a European excursion with my wife to do a couple hours of collecting in northern Switzerland! We found a boatload of late-Jurassic (Birmenstorf-Member) ammonites and one nice echinoid which should be awesome with some prep! Funny part, on the drive back my wife mentions finding an ammonite that looked like there were nipples on it. Not until we get back to the apartment and start cleaning things off do I discover it was the echinoid she was talking about! *shes a rookie I could use some help with ID conf
  19. PMA

    Jurassic Gastropod?

    Hi again Is this a (Jurassic) Gastropod? If yes, is it closer determinable? It was found near Herznach in Switzerland.
  20. Hey folks, so I got a package with some various fossils I want to determine now. They were found between Herznach and Hornussen in Switzerland, so supposed to be Jurassic (Middle Jurassic). Following I have some belemnites. From left to right: 1-2: maybe hibolites and belemnopsis? 3: no idea 4-6: are these even belemnites??! 7: no idea what this is Thanks in advance!
  21. https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/lm-pda030119.php
  22. DatFossilBoy

    Ammonite fragments ID

    Hi everyone! Today I went hiking with my friend at 3000m+, The location I went hiking in is very near a place where I heard you can find ammonites and belemnites. I pulled this rock out of a boulder with many layers of slate in and found a partial piece of an ammonite. I was wondering if anyone out there can recognise the specie and the period? I found it in Switzerland, near a Glacier called « Plaine Morte » The first 2 pictures is the one I found and the second 2 is the one my friend gave to me (which he had found less than a km away from that location) Any
  23. belemniten

    Sphenodus longidens

    From the album: Fossils from Switzerland

    The biggest and the nicest Sphenodus longidens tooth I found in the quarry "Schümel" near Holderbank (Switzerland). Teeth are rare there and you need good eyes to find some.. The tooth is 3.6 cm long and comes from the "Birmenstorf-Member" (about 150 million years old). Another image:
  24. here Megalosauripus transjuranicus ichnosp. nov. A new Late Jurassic theropod ichnotaxon from NW Switzerland and implications for tridactyl dinosaur ichnology and ichnotaxomy Novella L. Razzolini1, Matteo Belvedere2*, Daniel Marty2, GeÂraldine Paratte2, Christel Lovis2, Marielle Cattin2, Christian A. Meyer3 Citation: Razzolini NL, Belvedere M, Marty D, Paratte G, Lovis C, Cattin M, et al. (2017) Megalosauripus transjuranicus ichnosp. nov. A new Late Jurassic theropod ichnotaxon from NW Switzerland and implications for tridactyl dinosaur ichnology and ichnotaxomy. PLoS ON
  25. puppa_bear

    Visiting the Messel Pit

    Hi All, The family and I are heading to Europe next year, and as part of the trip we will be in Frankfurt and will visit the Senckenberg (I went 3 years ago and fully geeked out!). While there we are planning a trip to the Messel Pit. If anyone has any tips to get the most of the visit to the Pit, or any other sites near Frankfurt that are worth visiting then I'd love to hear about them. We will also be going to Innsbruck and Basel (Switzerland), so if anyone knows of any good locations to visit then I'd also love to hear about them. Also, it would probably
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