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Found 28 results

  1. colorful belemnites

    I wanted to share a few belemnites in my collection, personaly I think they are a bit of an underrated fossil and could use a little more attention. They can be very beautiful and colorful and of course they are cephalopods Belemnites from Eben-Emael ( Belgium ) Maastrichtian: Belemnites from the area of Mons ( Belgium ) Maastrichtian: Belemnites of the area of Mons (Belgium ) Campanian (2 brachiopods infiltrated the picture )
  2. Maastrichtian fieldtrip in Belgium

    Today @Natalie81 and I went on a field trip with our geology club to the quarry of Eben-Emael In Belgium. We were over 50 participants today an I had the oportunity to meet aan other TFF member @ziggycardon This location is not far from the stratotype in Maastricht in the Netherlands and a multitude of fossils can be found in the marls and chalks. We had a slow start, but after searching through scree piles I found a small and a big sea urchin, and later on a few belemnites. Natalie hadn't got much luck at the start of the prospection, but she did eventually find the find of the day: a fragment of a turtle shell ( Allopleuron hofmanni ) with a few verts in association. We did have a great day and Ziggycardon had also his bag full of fossils and a great first fossil fieldtrip. the quarry: Maastrichtian marl ( formation of Emael ) Ziggy in action Natalie's turtle fragment: Home with the finds: A quick cleanup of the big sea urchin: Hemipneustes stratoradiatus
  3. Ichthyosaur paddle bones

    From the album Holzmaden

    These are four Ichthyosaur paddle bones and another Ichthyosaur bone from the lower Jurassic from the quarry Kromer near Holzmaden. The Ichthyosaur paddle bones are about 5 cm big so not too small. There are also a lot of belemnites on the plate. Because of them the prep work was kinda time intensive. It took about six hours to reveal everything. Here are some more pictures:
  4. Here are two of my best belemnites I found this year in the quarry Kromer near Holzmaden (Lower Jurassic, Posidonia Shale) . I found tons of them this year but mostly they aren't that good preserved. The first one is about 15 cm long and is a relatively new find. I finished the prep yesterday. It's really good preserved and not too short. It should be Acrocoelites because I think I can see three apical furrows. Noticeable is that one of the apical furrows is really big. Maybe @TqB can tell a little bit more about this belmnite? And the second one is a 14 cm long belmnite with a crushed epirostrum. It could be Cuspiteuthis tubularis or a Acrocoelites inaequistriatus (thanks again for the ID Tarquin). Sorry the pictures are not the best but I thought some of you are more interested in seeing some invertebrate stuff from that quarry (normally I show the vertebrate material). Thanks for viewing
  5. Our fossil hunting holiday trip

    Natalie81 and I are back from our fossil hunting holiday. On the 20th of july we left for a long camping and fossil hunting week in the UK, we took the ferry in Calais to Dover, drove to Porthsmouth and the 2nd ferry to our 1st stop: 5 days on the Isle of wight. the 1st day on the Island, we prospected the beaches on the the south west of the isle where the Wealden cliffs could deliver some dinosaur remains.We had no luck this time. the 2nd day we went to the southern part of the Island where we could find some cenomanian ammonites in the chalk. This time we had better luck, and we found lots of them and even a few nautiluses. There was a sealion in the water not far from where we were prospecting, but since it was yawning a lot I don't think he was very interested in our activities Day 3 was a stop in Yaverland, here we found some hybodont remains and a possible pterosaur tooth ( we will know for sure after the prep ), in the afternoon we went a bit further to Whiteclif bay where we found a few echinoids. Day 4 Back to those Wealden cliffs in search for dinosaur material, again in vain, but we did se al those impresive Iguanodon foottracks at Hanover point. later on the day we tried to find the lobster bed near Atherfield, but only a few parts were accesible, but I found a nice big lobster in situ, it came out in a few pieces. I had super glue in my backpack, so I glued the parts back together and stuffed the fossil safely away in a box with soft paper. It is still in that box now, so I hope it wil still be ok when I start prepping it. Day 5: we had a meetup with a local colector to prospect the beaches on the north of the island, those were Oligocene deposits and we did find a lot of turtle fragments, a few croc scutes and even a few croc teeth Day 6: we had our ferry back to the mainland of the UK, from there we drove further to the jurassic coast. In the afternoon we went on the Beach between Dorset and Lyme Regis, but the beaches were full of tourists looking for fossils, so the finds were poor. Day 7: we visited Eype, and Golden cap, not far from Dorset, again verry few finds due to overprospected beaches, but we did find a decent ammonite. In the evening We visited the town of Lyme Regis and the birthplace of Mary Anning Day 8: this time e went east of Dorset, still very few fossils to be seen, but still multiple good belemnites , some of them still in the matrix. Day 9: time to pack the tent and drive back to Dover, we still had time before taking our ferry back to France so we did a quick stop in Folkestone. 2 hours of prospecting in the gault clay did deliver 2 decent ammonites and lots of ammonite fragments, belemnites and inoceramus shells. I didnt take a lot of pictures of the fossils we found yet, but we took a few ones in the field. more pictures will follow when we start unpacking and prepping the fossils from this week. Shipping to Dover: vieuw on the camping from Wight: of to the beach: no fossils to be seen Lots of beach to prospect: Still looking for bone in the shingle: sunset on Wight: to the cenomanian chalk: ammonites the Sealion: possible pterosaur tooth: footprints Oligoceene deposits: A vieuw on Wight before we leave: Dorset and Lyme regis: Ammonites everywhere Mary Anning:
  6. Hey everyone, So this summer, like most summers, my family went to my grandpa's holiday house in southern France. Seeing that we had many days with nothing planned, I managed to convince them to go fossil hunting one day. At first, I wanted to go to Lacoste, a place known for its echinoids and gorgeous white scallops, but it turns out these quarries are no longer accessible. So instead we went to Carniol, which was a little further away. After only a few hours in the car we arrived at the village of Carniol. "Village" would still be considered being generous: there are no more than a dozen or so houses! And most seem abandoned too... There are two clay exposures on either side of the village, on the side of the road. They aren't hard to find, because the gray clay really stands out from the grass and trees. Both exposures are pretty much exactly the same. We started off at the first one.
  7. Hey everybody, For a school project I'm looking for a ton of mini belemnites (2-4cm things). Quite urgent I would be able to trade for shark teeth, Moroccan dino teeth, trilo's, .. or else buy them. Would any of you have some to trade? Best regards and thanks!
  8. My daughter was recently out in Wyoming for a dig (she's the real paleontologist in the family) and brought back these belemnites. These are out of the Sundance Formation. I'm use to the specimens coming out of Big Brook NJ (Mount Laurel formation). I find it interesting that the specimens coming out of Wyoming generally appear larger (length and girth) than their NJ cousins. Also, the Wyoming specimens are more "rockish" looking while the Big Brook specimens have an amber hue to them. Visually, I would say that for both specimens the Outline is cylindrical and the Profile is symmetrical. The Apex varies from acute to more rounded.
  9. Headed To Big Brook

    Headed out to Big Brook tomorrow. We have a few hot spots for belemnites and oysters but not so for shark teeth. When we explore this area we always head downstream of the bridge. Is it worth exploring upstream of the bridge? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  10. From the album Cretaceous

    Belemnitella americana (belemnite guards) Choristothyris plicta (brachiopods) Upper Cretaceous Navesink Formation Monmouth Group Upper tributary of Big Brook Colts Neck, N.J. All were collected on 6/18/18
  11. Hi all, So after learning of the inaccessibility of the location Lacoste, I was wondering if there was maybe another location nearby. On Fossiel.NET I found the location Carniol, which looks very promising! https://www.fossiel.net/sites/fossil_site.php?plaats=148 Anyone got any tips on how to best find fossils and bring them home? How to look, how to take the fossils out, etc? Any tips or comments would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance, Max
  12. Hit the Big Brook area the other day. It was awfully hot but at least the brook offered some relief. Hardly found any shark teeth (I never do) but Belemnites were plentiful. Lot's of different bivalves as well. Sad to see that people were aggressively digging into the river bank when it's posted not to do so. Once the land owners bring up collapsing river banks due to fossil hunting I wouldn't be surprised if there were more restrictions implemented.
  13. NJ Belemnites

    Thought I'd share some photos of some belemnites we found in the Big Brook area of NJ. There were a few of us and this is our combined collection.
  14. Can a better linguist than I (not hard!) help out here? The belemnite species suffix for Lagonibelus beaumontiana (d'Orbigny) would presumably be based on "belus" being feminine. However, original Russian sources give it as "L. beaumontianus" and other belemnite genera with the same element (Pleurobelus, Gastrobelus etc.) all have masculine species endings. I know gender endings can be tricky and -us isn't always masculine but there seems to be widespread discrepancy here. (The London NHM and Martill & Hudson's Fossils of the Oxford Clay both go with beaumontiana and we should be able to trust them to get it right...)
  15. Pollished belemnites.jpg

    From the album MY FOSSIL Collection - Dpaul7

    Polished Belemnites SITE LOCATION: Madagascar TIME PERIOD: Jurassic (~145-201 Million Years Ago) Belemnitida (or belemnites) is an extinct order of cephalopods which existed during the Mesozoic era, from the Hettangian age of the Lower Jurassic to the Maastrichtian age of the Upper Cretaceous. The belemnite is the state fossil of Delaware. Belemnites were superficially squid-like. They possessed ten arms of equal length studded with small inward-curving hooks used for grasping prey. However, they lacked the pair of specialized tentacles present in modern squid. Belemnites (and other belemnoids) were distinct from modern squid by possessing hard internal skeletons. The internal skeleton was composed of the guard or rostrum (plural: rostra), a heavy solid structure at the posterior of the animals. Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Mollusca Class: Cephalopoda Order: †Belemnitida
  16. Happy belated National Fossil Day! Hope I'm not overstepping from bounds by posting this, but a few people on the forum have asked me how to get out to the one accessible spot left at the C and D Canal in Delaware. It's tricky to find and doesn't look like much when you first get there. I am leading a trip out there this Sunday for Delaware Nature Society as my somewhat belated, but more publicly accessible, National Fossil Day excursion. We are going to be out on the plain that is a the spoils from the canal for a couple hours looking for treasures, but it won't take more then a few minutes to find your first fossil out there. You are welcome to stay and play until sunset if you like. The web site says "Families with children ages 7 and up," but this does not mean that adults with no children in tow are unwelcome, only that the terrain isn't really good for shorter children. The cost for non-members is a whopping $18 per person. You can keep anything and everything you find. People come home with buckets of Belemnites, oodles of Ostrea (well, Agerostrea), and generous numbers of gastropods. Occasional Echodus and shark teeth are also around, but pretty rare in this spot. You can see some of what I've found out there in my album. The matrix is loose sand. Just walk around and pick stuff up! We'll clear a spot of weeds and do a little sifting, too. Register online today. https://www.delawarenaturesociety.org/DNS/Events/Registration/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=F17066AS#.Wd9iJUzMz6c While you're at the DNS visitor center to meet for the trip, you can stop inside and see the displays I'll have set up about Fossils from Delaware and beyond. How well can you tell a fossil from a modern shell or a pseudo fossil? Ever looked at a fossil shell under black light before? See the variety of fossils and ages to be found in our tiny state. Or, if you're not going on the trip but just want to explore with smaller folks, sift through the kiddie pool, for canal fossils I collected earlier this year and for Florida shark teeth donated by the Delaware Museum of Natural History. While I'm around I'll be preparing some matrix from Maryland with my handy dental picks. The visitor center activities are free, but trail fees for the rest of the property apply. The visitor center activities will be open Saturday and Sunday, 9-4. For directions, visit www.delnature.org.
  17. C and D Canal Video

    I just put together a rather shakey video of the C & D Canal in New Castle County, Delaware in preparation for a trip I'm leading this fall. I didn't find anything Earth-shattering that day, but it gives and idea of the locale and the finds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMfXz-_B5fA&t=93s
  18. Just got back from a weeklong trip to Southern Germany in pursuit of ammonites and other Jurassic marine fossil fauna. Accompanied by my fellow collector, Ralph and his friend, Aza we arrived at the Zurich airport and headed straight to Lake Constance and the home of TFF member Roger (Ludwigia) to observe his incredible collection and receive advice about collecting spots in southern Germany. Fortunately, I'm fluent in Canadian. This is Aza, Roger, and Ralph at Roger's home:
  19. Hello I found a very distinctive belemnite while fossiling on Friday, and want to learn to identify the species myself, and hopefully identify all of the more complete ones I have collected. I used this resource http://www.bgs.ac.uk/discoveringGeology/time/fossilfocus/Belemnite.html to classify its features, and looked at Fossils of the Oxford Clay by Martill and Hutson to try and find it. Unfortunately only six species are identified and this isn't one of them. I looked in British Mesozoic Fossils from the Natural History Museum, and while this has Jurassic Belemnites, they are too early. Trundling around online hasn't gotten me any further. I'm trying to be more systematic in learning about my fossils, and was wondering how others approached first learning about specific species, and if there are any resources you would recommend? And if anyone knows of a monograph on Oxford Clay belemnites, please let me know
  20. Texas Belemnites

    Look what I found! Yeah, I know it's been a while. My nursing career really ate up my life, especially being Director of Nursing at a long term care facility. So I took a step back and took things in another direction in regards to nursing and now I have Mon- Fri off to hunt! Woohooo!!! So today I hit a little spot on private land in E Texas and I found some great belemnites. Which are pretty fantastic for being in Texas.
  21. Unidentified Belemnites

    Belemnites, unidentified sp, Cretaceous-Speeton Clay,Speeton,Yorkshire,UK. Small unidentified belemnite, Jurassic Lower Lias, Black Ven Marls, Charmouth, Dorset,UK. All suggestions welcome
  22. Each summer I collect near Newberry in the U.P. of michigan from a degrading hillside. I usually find nodules containing graptolites, various "shell" type impressions from brachipods, and trilobite impressions. Generally the nodules I crack open are not more than 3 " . This summer, a large piece of shale was sticking out of the bank, so I dug it out and split it. It had several orthocone fossils and impressions, ( though I don't know what kind) and was filled with impressions of little cone like images. That is a dime for reference, and you should be able to clearly see the cone impressions, are these baby orthocones, a small species or belamites of some kind. As always, thanks for the help. According to the director of the museum in Quebec, the area is ordovician, but some suggest it is silurian.
  23. Upcoming C&D Canal trip

    The Delaware Nature Society is running a trip out to the C&D Canal October 9th, just before National Fossil Day. If any of you have been having trouble finding the site or just want to go with someone who can help you identify your finds, you can sign up here. Or visit www.delnature.org .
  24. Hi everyone, in Summer I went to a Maastrichtian-age (~70 mya) Chalk coastline on the island of Møn in Denmark. My family and I recovered 13 partial belemnite rostra (I found 10 of them). Quite common, right? One of the rostra that I found was heavily worn, but within that poorly preserved rostra was a near-complete phragmocone. Tell me what you think about it! ********************************* This is the belemnite rostra. Note the Euro coin for scale
  25. Belemnites Whitby

    From the album Whitby Discoveries, England

    Belemnites are also a common fossil found in the slate. They are also fragile as you can see the top one broke back when I knew little about extracting fossils.

    © Lolman1c

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