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  1. Hi all! In continuation of the previous reports. Less text, more pics Bits of scenery:
  2. Hi all! This time I'll show you a very special site, located on the Volga river near the city of Rybinsk, 250 km north of Moscow. The site is famous for its huge Volgian ammonites, the biggest in our Jurassic (big Cretaceous ones are no surprise). The largest ammonites here reach 70 cm, they are inflated and surprisingly common. If you find an ammonite in concretion, it will most likely be big and whole (but often broken inside). The main outcrops are situated by the village of Glebovo, they occupy about 6 km of the shore. Glebovo:
  3. Hi all! You know I visit my favorite Volga river site (Ulyanovsk Oblast) more or less often, but this time I decided to give a try to another well-known Jurassic-Cretaceous site on the Volga river, located in the nearby Samara Oblast (city of Syzran). It's famous for its iridescent ammonites as well as marine reptile finds. I hoped to discover a real alternative to the Ulyanovsk site particularly as the conditions are very similar: surface collecting on river bank. Here the Ulyanovsk site is to the north, Syzran to the south. The latter is home to two distinct locations
  4. RuMert

    Russian fossil sites

    Hi all In this topic I'll give a brief overview of Russian fossil sites and typical fossils. I focus on the Jurassic as my main field of interest. The method used here is analyzing regional and temporary breakdowns of the number of specimens, shown by amateurs on Russian fossil resources, mainly ammonit.ru (about 40.000 finds). Unfortunately the overview has a inevitable bias towards the sites and fossil types attractive to the largest number of amateurs and downgrades those that are remote, less popular or less productive. The material is presented from an amateur's point of
  5. Hi all! Those who follow my reports know I was planning another trip to Ulyanovsk in spring. Well, here is the report, in continuation of 1, 2 and 3. This time I was on the shore for 3 days. In short, the weather was fine, the ice abundant, the competition high and the finds scarce. The trip felt more like an extravagant outing than a productive fossil hunt
  6. Hi all! I was finally able to visit the Volga site thanks to a water level/ good weather window. The journey was mostly a success, I got a better understanding of the site, used new means of transportation and examined more of the shoreline. Among the finds were two dozens of marine reptile verts and bone fragments and LOTS of ammonites and other mollusks. Unfortunately the river level was not low enough, 1m higher than during my 1st trip, 0,5m lower than in the 2nd. But it was at least possible to walk the shore. There's still a lot more to do, but now I have a pretty clear idea how to m
  7. Ludwigia

    Craspedites nodiger

    Calcite Steinkern.
  8. Ludwigia

    Craspedites nodiger (Eichwald 1865)

    From the album: Cephalopods Worldwide

    4cm. Calcite steinkern. Phragmocone. nodiger zone Volga Stage Tithonian (Volgian) Late Jurassic From Saratov, Volga Region, Russia
  9. Hi all, Last week I had theopportunity to visit the place once again (first described here). Unfortunately the trip went way worse than I expected. I knew the water was high, but was not prepared enough. I thought with high water I could still access small beaches and concentrate on small stuff - not necessarily big bones and verts, but maybe teeth, echinoids, crustacean fragments etc. I hoped having seen the pictures from the forum I woudn't miss interesting material. Having arrived to the coast I immediately saw the passage was blocked by fallen and washed asho
  10. RuMert

    Jurassic marine life ID

    Hi all, Would be great to have the following pieces ID'ed. Jurassic shallow water sea (Kimmeridgian-Tithonian, possible Hauterivian). Sorry for varnish. Thank you. 1. Large vertebra, that doesnt look like usual plesiosaur, weight 1,4 kg. If it is something terrestial, it would have high scientific value. Already asked for ID but didnt get many replies.
  11. RuMert

    Back to childhood

    Hi all, This is a report on my recent fossil hunting trip to Ulyanovsk region, Russia, inspired by the most interesting stories and pictures I read and looked up here. I took many photos myself in an attempt to convey the atmosphere. I dont think you know much about Russian fossil hunting spots, so I start with a short description of the place I visited. Ulyanovsk Oblast (region) is located in the middle Volga basin and much of its territory is covered by a part of the Kuybyshev Reservoir (largest in Europe). Its sometimes called Kuybyshev sea and for a reason: with distance between
  12. Hi to all! I will post my shark teeth collection here from time to time. Hope somebody will enjoy it ))
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