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  1. I guess as you get older, you get a little more crazy. I had sworn to slow down a bit, particularly after my exhausting hike down the mountain recently, so I'd been visiting easy-to-work sites like the ditch and the shark tooth exposure the last few weeks. But then my colleague told me that he'd opened up another section at the Callovian site in the Wutach Valley and that I should have a look at it. Maybe you can make some good finds. Well, why not? So off I went today. At this site you have to remove a lot of overburden to get at the good horizons and then you're whacking away at a hard
  2. From the album: Decapoda

    5cm. long. Needless to say I'm happy with this little crab chela. It's not every day that a new species gets named after yourself. Found in September 2012 on a lucky split in the upper Aalenian layers at the Scheffheu location in the Wutach valley. Achdorf Formation, bradfordensis zone, staufensis bank. It's now residing in a holotype cabinet in the collection at the Stuttgart Museum of Natural History. I have received a mold of it for posterity.
  3. Since we’ve had a pretty succesful fossiltrip in Southern Germany last year, visiting the Wutach area again for a few days seemed a more than logical choice since we would be passing Germany on our way back up from Italy to Holland for our summer holidays. Sadly a few days before we arrived it became apparant that the weather predictions were very bad. Allthough the first two days were mostly dry, these daily rain showers were just enough to make everything wet and muddy and thus very slippery which isn’t helpfull in these mountains….. Against all odds we still managed
  4. Ludwigia

    Staufenia staufensis Twins

    From the album: Middle Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    Not quite identical twins measuring 16 & 18cm. bradfordensis zone, staufensis bank Late Aalenian From the Wutach Valley
  5. I hadn't visited one of my favorite Callovian sites in the Wutach Valley since last November, so since the temps have been moving up and above 30°C. over the last few days, I figured that the muddy slopes there were probably dry enough by now for me to have a go at it again. No worries about sunstroke either, since the site is in the shady woods. I spent about 5 hours at the exposure and managed to come up with a few good finds. Here are some photos of the extrication procedure. It's pretty slow going here, since marl
  6. Ludwigia

    Palaeophycus striatus (Hall 1852)

    From the album: Trace Fossils

    7cm. long. Polychaetic worm feeding burrow. Middle Jurassic. Found in the Wutach Valley.
  7. Ludwigia

    Procerites tmetolobus (Buckman 1923)

    From the album: Middle Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    ø 7cm. Zigzag zone, Early Bathonian. Found in the Krottenbach in the Wutach Valley.
  8. I was in the Wutach area again. A couple of weeks ago I posted a report about my adventures in the Aubach, and today I decided to scramble up the Krottenbach in the hopes of finding some Jurassic fossils. This creek isn't quite as wild as the Aubach, so I managed within 5 hours to move upstream to the point I was hoping to reach, despite the odd tree dam blocking the way. There were 2 huge landslides which inundated the area about 60 years ago and brought down a lot of detritus from the Middle Jurassic in the cliffs on both sides of the valley, so even tho
  9. Some of you may be wondering what and where the Aubach is, so first I'll explain (Of course @Everhardus already knows what I'm talking about, since he recently inspired me here to make the trip). The Aubach is a creek in the Wutach area whose undercut slopes expose in sections the entire Early Jurassic from the Hettangian to the Toarcian with even the Aalenian stage of the Middle Jurassic at the top. This is one of the very first exposures studied by the pioneering German Paleontologists and Geologists such as Quenstedt. Geology students from all over southern Germany visit this site to learn
  10. Ludwigia

    Spiriferina walcotti (Sowerby 1822)

    From the album: Brachiopoda

    3cm. Sinemurian. Early Jurassic. Found in the Aubach in the Wutach Valley.
  11. Marcel @Everhardus and his wife Josette are spending their holidays in the area right now. I had agreed to show them around and so we spent the day together visiting a couple of sites in the Wutach area. Here they are enjoying keeping their balance on a slope at the Scheffheu. I was happy that they were able to make a few nice finds and Marcel emailed me today to tell me that they'd had more success at the Callovian site. I unfortunately didn't make any more photos, but maybe they can post something here if he checks in. Meanwhile, I can at least show you the ammonites
  12. The weather has been so accomodating lately, that I figured that the snow should be gone by now from the slopes of the Wutach area in southwest Germany. I'd been thinking about a particular spot in the Middle Jurassic Callovian and decided to spend some time there. Sure enough, the snow was long gone, so I could scramble down the slope to the site. There are a few other local collectors who visit this site fairly regularly, but it was obvious that no one else had been there yet so early in the season. So I first made a quick inspection tour and found a few blocks which had weathered out over t
  13. From the album: Middle Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    4.5cm. From the herveyi zone, early Callovian in Wutachtal.
  14. Ludwigia

    Ancolioceras opalinoides (Mayer 1864)

    From the album: Middle Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    10cm. Practically complete specimen with shell preservation. Just missing a few millimeters at the mouth aperture. murchisonae zone Late Aalenian Found in the Wutach Valley
  15. Ludwigia

    Ludwigia haugi (Douvillé 1885)

    From the album: Middle Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    9.5cm. haugi subzone murchisonae zone sinon banks Late Aalenian Achdorf Formation Found in the Wutach Valley.
  16. Ludwigia

    Choffatia sp. (Siemiradzski 1898)

    From the album: Middle Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    9cm. herveyi zone Early Callovian Found in the Wutach valley.
  17. Ludwigia

    Cadoceras cf. elatmae (Nikitin 1878)

    From the album: Middle Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    8cm. herveyi zone Early Callovian Found in the Wutach valley.
  18. Ludwigia

    Choffatia sp. (Siemiradzski 1898)

    From the album: Middle Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    6cm. herveyi zone Early Callovian Found in the Wutach valley.
  19. Ludwigia

    Staufenia sehndensis (HOFFMANN 1913)

    From the album: Middle Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    14cm. in circumference. Another one from Wutach. Upper Aalenian.
  20. Ludwigia

    Emileia contrahens (Buckman,1927)

    From the album: Middle Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    Ovale Zone, Lower Wedelsandstone Member, Lower Bajocian, Middle Jurassic. Found in the Wutach area. I'm quite proud of this one, since it represents the stratigraphically oldest record of the Genus Emileia in Germany and one of the oldest records worldwide. Recently published in Zittelania and now in the collection of the Stuttgart Museum of Natural History.
  21. From the album: Middle Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    3.5cm. This specimen with its shell mostly intact shows the innermost whorls of this subspecies. The venter at this stage is flat, but it rounds off at a later stage and gets covered up as it grows. From the koenigi zone, lower Callovian. Found in the Wutach area.
  22. Ludwigia

    Another Multiblock

    We're still allowed to move about freely here in good old Baden-Wuerttemberg, so I figured as long as this is still the case, I'll mosey along to my spot in the Callovian in the Wutach Valley. A friend of mine has been working there recently, so I was hoping for some more fresh exposure and sure enough, he'd opened up some new possibilities for me. Spent the good part of the day prying and hammering and came up with a few nice things. Here's the first and probably the best which I just finished prepping this evening. A multiblock measuring 12x12x6cm with 4 x Choffatia sp. and a bit of belemnit
  23. Ludwigia

    Shirbuirnia gingensis (Waagen 1867)

    From the album: Middle Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    ø35cm. laeviuscula zone, Early Bajocian, Wedelsandstein Formation Found in the Wutach area With a Chlamys textoria perched at the edge of the living chamber in the photo below.
  24. From the album: Middle Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    3.5cm. koenigi zone Callovian From the Wutach area.
  25. I just couldn't resist revisiting the Callovian site again which I recently reported about here. I was figuring on removing some more overburden to get back in at the productive layer. To this purpose I brought along my heavy pickaxe this time. That saved a lot of wear and tear on the wrist, although my elbows were beginning to ache a bit later on in the day, but that was no worse than playing a couple of sets of tennis As usual, my first finds were little stuff. But then the hope-for big one appeared. It also wasn't quite complete in the end, but I'm
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