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  1. Max-fossils

    Thoracic vertebra from a pinniped?

    Hey everyone, I found this vertebra back in April on the Zandmotor (Netherlands, most likely late Pleistocene in age). I believe it's a thoracic vertebra from some pinniped, but I'm not sure. I've been comparing it to several vertebrae online, especially using the Osteology section in the Idaho Virtual Museum website (which is quite good, perhaps a useful resource for some of you!). Unfortunately, I am not finding any satisfying matches. The different seal thoracic vertebrae I am seeing look most similar, but they all appear to have a less wide corpus than my specimen. I
  2. From the album: Gastropods and Bivalves Worldwide

    ø 5cm. Eemian, Pleistocene. Found at Zandmotor, Zuid Holland, Netherlands.
  3. Max-fossils

    Fish bone from the Zandmotor

    Hey everyone, Found this bone yesterday on the Zandmotor, Netherlands (most likely Eemian in age, late Pleistocene, around 120'000 years old). Judging by the structure I'm fairly confident it's from a fish, but I'm having a hard time figuring out what bone it could be. My best guess so far is that it's a parietal bone, but I'm not yet convinced. I'm not finding much comparison material online; although I may be using the wrong search words. I'm also curious if you maybe know if it's possible to identify this bone further than Teleostei indet. It's quite big (scale in centimete
  4. Max-fossils

    Nice bird bone from the Zandmotor

    Hi everyone! Last week I found this nice, rather big, bird bone on the Zandmotor (Netherlands). It is most likely late Pleistocene in Age (Weichselian) but could possibly be older (though I doubt this is any older than early Pleistocene, given the conservation). I believe it to be a femur of a rather large species of bird. My first thought was the great auk, Pinguinus impennis, but I think my bone is probably not sturdy/thick enough for such a heavy bird. I'm currently thinking it might be something like a large sea gull, but this is just guess work, and birds are definitely not my area o
  5. Max-fossils

    Some recent Zandmotor finds

    Hey everyone! Hope everyone's doing alright during this stressful situation! I haven't been too active on TFF (or with fossils in general) the past few months (mostly due to school work), but with the whole virus situation I suddenly have some more free time. The Netherlands aren't currently under strict quarantine, but schools are closed, and we're firmly recommended to stay at home and forbidden to go out in groups of more than 3. But, luckily fossil hunting is still possible, so after a long winter hiatus I finally went back to the Zandmotor (last time was when I found that mammot
  6. Max-fossils

    Weird little fish (?) osteoderm

    Hey guys, Here's a small osteoderm I found recently on the Zandmotor in the Netherlands. I think it's possibly an osteoderm of a sturgeon or some other type of fish, but I'm really unsure. It kinda reminds me of a tiny alligator osteoderm... Anyone have an idea what it could be? It's probably from marine sediments of the Eem Formation, from the Eemian stage of the late Pleistocene (130'000 to 115'000 years old), but could easily be from the last Ice Age (around 40'000 years old), or older than the Eemian (anywhere in the Neogene is feasible actually, the Zandmotor has quite a bit of
  7. Hey everyone! On Wednesday, as I finally had some time, I decided to take Sara out to my favorite hunting spot: the Zandmotor (Netherlands). I definitely did not regret that decision! If you've never heard of the Zandmotor before, it's an artificial beach extension just south of The Hague, and the sand that was used was dredged from the North Sea and is full of Ice Age megafaunal mammal bones and tons of Eemian shells. If you want to see some more of my finds and hunts there, just look up "Zandmotor" in the TFF search bar and you should find a bunch of stuff When we got
  8. Max-fossils

    Mammal vertebra from the ZM

    Hi all, I found this fossil vertebra near the Zandmotor (Netherlands) last weekend. It's from the last Ice Age, late Pleistocene (around 40'000 years old). There is the possibility that it is middle Pleistocene (around 600'000 years old), but that possibility is very slim. So it's (most likely) a fossil vertebra from one of the typical megafaunal Ice Age critters that roamed Europe alongside the mammoths, woolly rhino's, etc. For now, I am thinking it could be from some deer species, but I am really not sure. What are your thoughts? Thanks i
  9. belemniten

    Mammal tooth id

    Hi guys, I found this mammal tooth a while ago at the Zandmotor near Den Haag in the Netherlands. You can find there fossils from the Quaternary period. The tooth is about 2 cm long and the crown is quite damaged. Looks a bit like a very small woolly rhino tooth but I am really not sure. Can anybody help me? Maybe @Harry Pristis or @LordTrilobite ? Here is the tooth:
  10. Hi everyone, Not last Wednesday, but the one before that one, I went to the Zandmotor again for a hunt, and it went well! As soon as I went down on the beach (I was still in the Kijkduin area, not yet on the Zandmotor), so only some 5 minutes or so into the hunt, I found this little ugly thing in the sand: It's a small (slightly incomplete) mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) lamella! It's from the late Pleistocene, some 40'000 years ago. It's nowhere as nice as the previous one I found, but this one's cool too. Still happy to have found it because lately I've rea
  11. Hi all, This weekend, after the long, boring and annoying winter months (it's always mildly cold, but very windy and rainy in the Netherlands in winter... horrible fossil hunting conditions) spring finally let out the tip of its nose, with a nice sun, blue sky and decent temperature. About time! We all know what this means... time to do some fossil-hunting! So on Sunday morning I woke up, prepared my fossil hunting equipment (mainly bags and boxes; no tools needed for this beach), made myself a lunch, and set out at 13:00 to the bus. The bus ride to Kijkduin takes me a
  12. Max-fossils

    Sting winkle

    From the album: @Max-fossils 's Zandmotor Finds

    A broken but still rare find of the European sting winkle, Ocenebra erinacea.
  13. Hi all, Last weekend, there was an excursion organized by the Paleobiologische Kring (a fossil club here in the Netherlands) on the Zandmotor. As you know I had already been quite a lot of times on the Zandmotor, because it is my usual spot. But seeing that a few of my contacts, namely a fossil friend I had met at a fair, Thijs, as well as the curator of the natural history museum in Rotterdam Bram Langeveld (that I know pretty well), were going to the trip, I decided to join in just for the fun of hunting with others. Turns out that was a really smart decision, because their compa
  14. Last week I was on holiday in the Netherlands and found some nice things, especially shark teeth ! I was at the area of Antwerp, in Cadzand, in Vlissingen and at the Zandmotor near Den Haag. In this topic I want to show my finds from my visit at the Zandmotor. The Zandmotor is artificial peninsula, constructed as part of the Dutch coastal defense system. The sand originates from about 10 kilometers offshore, and contains bones of various land mammals from the Quaternary period. On my visit I found some bone fragments, two shark teeth and some more things ....
  15. Hi all, So on Tuesday afternoon, I was lucky enough to only have a half day of school. Seeing that the weather was nice, and that I had nothing else to do except go home, I decided to take the bus in the other direction, so to Kijkduin, in order to do some fossil hunting! I bought a sandwich and a chocolate bar at the Shell gas station, and set out on the beach. From the beach of Kijkduin I walked south, so towards the Zandmotor, while of course looking for fossils. View of the beach (mind that the sea is on the right side, on the left side it's just a small lagoon), wi
  16. Max-fossils

    Bivalve from the Zandmotor

    Hi all, Found this on the Zandmotor, Netherlands. Most likely from the Eem Formation, Eemian, Pleistocene; 120'000 years old. Though most of it is not there, enough of it is present (such as the umbo, and one full side (which allows us to see what the general shape and size would be)) to be identified. I am thinking that it may be Politiapes ruditapes, but that is a wild guess. What do you guys think it is? Thanks in advance! Max
  17. Max-fossils

    Ostrea, but what species?

    Hi all, What species of Ostrea do you think this is? My first thought was O. edulis, but I am wondering if it maybe isn't O. ventilabrum after all. In fact, how exactly can you differentiate the two different species? It was found on the Zandmotor, Netherlands. Most of the shells found here are (apart from modern) from the Eem Formation, Eemian, Pleistocene; 120'000 years old. And it would be this old if it is an O. edulis (which is a very common species). But maybe it is the rarer Eocene O. ventilabrum? I know that they do occur here too, but I never know
  18. Max-fossils

    Rough cockle

    This is a nice rough cockle from the Zandmotor. Quite a common species.
  19. Max-fossils

    Surf clam

    A surf clam from the Zandmotor. These are incredibly common and pretty much litter the beach. Edit: I used to think that these were Mactra plistoneerlandica, aka Mactra stultorum plistoneerlandica, but didn't realize my mistake till recently.
  20. Max-fossils

    Which formation?

    Hi all, I have a question for you guys... But I wouldn't be too surprised if you don't know the answer. Well, as a few of you know, my local hunting spot is the Zandmotor, a beach extension in the south of The Hague. You can find some of my finds here: Well, I find many bivalves and gastropods here, that are from the Eemian stage of the Pleistocene (130'000 - 115'000 years ago). Those shells (like the other fossils found on the Zandmotor) are from pits in the North Sea. Those pits are very rich in fossils, and when boats come to bring the sand onto th
  21. Max-fossils

    Carpet shell

    This is a nice fossil of the carpet shell. At first, this species, Venerupis senescens, was used as a guide fossil for the Eemian, the last interglacial age (so whenever paleontologists would find this species in a new location, they would know that they all the other fossils of the location are also Eemian). But this was later proven to be wrong.
  22. Max-fossils

    Scaphopod

    From the album: @Max-fossils 's Zandmotor Finds

    A scaphopod, or tusk shell, fossil found on the Zandmotor. From the Eemian of the late Pleistocene (approx 120'000 years old). My first personal find of a scaphopod fossil!

    © Max Dereme

  23. Max-fossils

    Tusk shell

    A scaphopod, or tusk shell, fossil. Found on the Zandmotor beach (artificial beach extension). From the Eemian age of the late Pleistocene (approx 120'000 years old). My first personal scaphopod find
  24. Max-fossils

    Fish tooth?

    Hi all, I found this really weird thing two days ago on the Zandmotor (Netherlands). I think it's some kind of fish tooth, because (even though they don't look like each other) I think it might have had the same function as the Eotrigonodon fish teeth. Most of the fossils from the Zandmotor are Pleistocene, but sometime Eocene fossils show up (such as shark teeth). So it could be either. The thing is 3 mm long. Anyways, do you also agree with fish tooth? If yes, any clue on the species? Thanks in advance, Max
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