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  1. 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
  2. Ludwigia

    Spiriferina walcotti (Sowerby 1822)

    From the album: Brachiopoda

    3cm. Sinemurian. Early Jurassic. Found in the Aubach in the Wutach Valley.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. Ludwigia

    ?Prionorhynchia sp. (Buckman 1917)

    From the album: Brachiopoda

    3.5cm. wide Arietiten Schichten Sinemurian Early Jurassic Found in the Wutach area of southern Germany
  7. From the album: Middle Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    3.5cm. koenigi zone Callovian From the Wutach area.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Ludwigia

    Fissilobiceras sp.

    Steinkern.
  11. Ludwigia

    Pseudoshirbuirnia oechslei

    Collected in 3 pieces and repaired.
  12. From the album: Middle Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    30cm. ovale zone Early Bajocian Wedelsandstein Formation From the Wutach area
  13. My customer/friend, let's just call him X. for now, brought me another large ammonite which he had recently pryed up for prep. He got this one out in 3 pieces, 2 of which he glued back together. The ammonite itself has a diameter of 30cm. Here's what I was faced with to begin with (Well almost. I took the pics after I had started in with the stylus.) The 1st pic shows them side by side, the 2nd in original position and the 3rd the reverse side. S. first had the wish that I remove it completely from the matrix, but I wasn't so sure about the ch
  14. I recieved a large (32cm. in diameter) ammonite on commission recently which turned out to be rather complicated to prepare. It's a Fissilobiceras sp. from the ovale zone in the Early Bajocian from the Wutach valley. Most of it was imbedded in matrix, so it wasn't possible to judge at first in what kind of condition the inner whorls were and it was too fragile to just have a quick go at it with hammer and chisel in order to find out, so I had to take the slower route peeling off layer after layer with the stylus. Here's how both sides looked to begin with. After
  15. 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
  16. Ludwigia

    Cenoceras sp. (Hyatt 1884)

    From the album: Nautiloidea

    18cm in diameter trigonalis zone Early Bajocian Middle Jurassic Wedelsandstein Formation
  17. From the album: Middle Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    24cm. discites zone Early Bajocian Wedelsandstein Formation Found in the Wutach area I had to do some modelling on this one. Here's how it looked beforehand:
  18. Ludwigia

    Fissilobiceras ovale (Quenstedt 1886)

    From the album: Middle Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    Fissilobiceras ovale. 40cm. ovale zone Wedelsandstein Formation Early Bajocian Middle Jurassic From the Wutach area.
  19. Ludwigia

    Another big one

    I have a very proficient and capable customer (actually he's become more of a friend and colleague with time) when it comes to seeking and finding good fossils, and he struck again last week, bringing me quite a large ammonite with a diameter of ca. 40cm. for preparation. He sent me a photo of it which he took during the extraction procedure. The matrix was pretty tough, so he ended up having to extricate it in several pieces, most of which he glued back together before he brought it to me. I did some stylus work on it to begin with and then we were faced with the deci
  20. Ludwigia

    Fissilobiceras sp. (Buckman 1919)

    From the album: Middle Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    I prepped this ammonite with a diameter of 50cm. for a customer who allowed me to show it here. I had to glue the living chamber back on which was in 2 pieces and also fill a lot of gaps with modelling clay. His wife did a great job at balancing the colors with water paints. This is quite a rare find, particularly at this size. ovale zone Wedelsandstein Formation Early Bajocian From the Wutach Valley
  21. Ludwigia

    Macrocephalites sp. (Zittel 1884)

    From the album: Middle Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    8cm. herveyi zone Rotes Erzlager Early Callovian From the Wutach Valley
  22. One of my customers is keeping me quite busy lately. Last week he brought me among other things a relatively large, 22cm. diameter Callovian Choffatia ammonite from the Wutach Valley with another few smaller ones plus a belemnite attached. He asked me to send him play-by-play photos, which I did, so I figured I might just as well show them to you guys as well. Here are pics of both sides in the raw. As you can probably tell, it was extracted in 3 pieces which he glued back together. You can barely see the belemnite on the right in the middle of the first p
  23. Ludwigia

    Peek-a-Boo

    Yesterday I posted something here from my recent trip to the Callovian and now I've just finished prepping something else worth showing. It's a somewhat compressed Macrocephalites jacquoti ammonite with a diameter of 12cm. You may have noticed, particularly in the second photo, that there's a crack running through it. And this is what happens when you open it up. It had already broken into these two pieces as I was extracting it at the outcrop. Instead of glueing them back together as I usually do, however, I decided to leave it as is aft
  24. Ludwigia

    Multiblock 13

    From the album: Middle Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    Containing 4 Choffatia sp. ammonites and a piece of belemnite rostrum. 12x12x6cm. The 4th ammonite is hidden on the back side and can only be seen in profile in the last photo. herveyi zone Early Callovian From the Wutach Valley area.
  25. 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
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