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  1. What happened to this ammonite

    Hello all I have had this ammonite for quite some time now, but since it has been tucked away in a drawer for the last couple of months. There is something weird about this piece however. The front looks pretty normal, except is a bit deformed. But on the back, it looks like the ammonite exploded. Hard to explain so I hope the pictures help. I've heard of exploded ammonites before so I wonder if this is one. Thanks all for your help
  2. There are blocks of marl in the river and you have to go up and break them to find the fossils There are a lot of shells
  3. Carboniferous plants 1 Eusphenopteris striata Gothan Westphalian Calonne Ricouart France 2 Sphenophyllum(Annularia) Westphalian Calonne Ricouart France 3 Neuropteris and Alethopteris Deccurens Westphalian Calonne Ricouart France 4a Eusphenopteris 4b Pecopteris Westphalian Calonne Ricouart France Fortopteris latifolia Zeiller.and a stem on the reverse Mariopteris
  4. Good afternoon everyone! I will be staying in the South-Eastern part of France, near Draguignon (between Nice and Marseille) for a week in August. Are there any hunting sites nearby that you guys would advice me to look into? I have never hunted for fossils in rocks etc, all my fossils come from the Pleistocene. I'd be happy with anything! Best regards!
  5. Ardèche 2020: trip report

    So for the last two and a half weeks I’ve been camping in the Ardèche region in southern France. After a long, exhausting trip of 13 hours we finally arrived. We put up the tent, read a book and went to sleep so we would be fit for our first real day of our vacation. At the first day, we did visit the museum I showed in this topic: After that, the real work started. This big pile of rock was just dumped at the edge of the road. After a few minutes we found our first complete ammonite. Spot the ammonite The whole region is filled with these small piles of rocks, so as long as you just keep walking, you’ll find them… The region itself is beautiful too. Anyway, except two beautiful little ammonites, the first day didn’t really work out. The next day I walked a little further from the camping (like little as in 10km). Totally worth it! I found an amazing spot were marls eroded away and just left tiny ammonites. When I found them I immediately thought of an old topic by @Max-fossils who went to Carniol some time ago. At first, I thought it was identical, except this spot was a lot smaller, not as rich and with a couple of different species. I think I spent about 40 hours at this spot, and I think I found about 150 tiny ammonites, from at least 8-9 different species (but I’m far from an ammonite expert). I think these are lower Cretaceous, but I am not sure on a more precise date. How most of the place looks. Covered with tiny ammonites that resurface after heavy rains (which occurred three times during my stay, so I could keep searching at the same spot) The spot, kind a steep wall (me for scale). Anyways, time for some of the finds (my good camera broke down so I do this with my phone): I think these are Aconeceras nisus, the most common species.
  6. Le Muséum de l’Ardèche

    So for the past few weeks I’ve been camping in the Ardèche region in southern France. There was a nice little museum just a couple of miles from where I was staying. Le Muséum de l’Ardèche is the located in the small village Balazuc (which is also worth a visit). Most of the pieces were collected by Bernard Riou, a French Palaeontologist. Some pictures: Fossil insects from the Plateau du Coiron. Fossils from this location (about an hour away from Balazuc) are amazing. My favourite insect at the Museum: Nice Millipede Fossil frogs and toads from the same location Fishes, also from the same location. There also is an antelope skull on the wall, and they even have a complete skeleton of one. Very nice to see. Skeleton of a boar-like animal. How much better does it get? Well, much better: Of course, there are many more fossils from this location, including turtles, snakes, birds, leaves, pine cones… On to the next part...
  7. I spent my last week on the Jard sur Mer beach ,Callovian to Bathonian fossils :)and sunburns
  8. The second week start very strong,with a visit in a aalénian to bajocian quarry
  9. Just came back from the Southwest of France, with nice pictures :)(and few finds) My first week was in Rocamadour,Lot,a very old City ,i tried to visit few Quarries,two samples in the Dordogne,very close,and one near Figeac.Only few minerals(perhaps someone could tell me if i was right to carry them in my bag,i know nothing about minerals) On the road ,good sight? Very impressive,but very poor fossils tracks Minerals perhaps with a good prey?
  10. Hey guys, I was wondering if anyone knows of a site in approximately this region where we could possibly go collecting for an afternoon. I'm not too picky, just looking for any accessible place where I can potentially find some interesting fossils. I'm tagging some of our French fossil collectors too: @fifbrindacier @Coco @caterpillar @marguy @nala Est-ce qu'un de vous aurait des recommendations? Any help is appreciated! Thanks in advance, Max
  11. Triakid shark?

    hi guys I was looking through some chalk Blocks obtained in a great trade and aside from the usual oysters and other common teeth I found this one and I was wondering whether you could help ID it , it’s from the campanian of hallencourt, maybe @Al Dente will know thanks all p,a it’s about 1mm I was lucky to find it with no microscope
  12. Does this look ok? I remember posting a few here before and was told to avoid because they were painted/highlighted so couldn't judge them. That doesn't seem to be the case here, so fingers crossed, this one looks ok. Lower Jurassic. Aveyron, France. Stone is 25cm x 24. The print is 15cm.
  13. A Cretaceous walk on the beach

    Last Saturday we finally went back to the Cretaceous deposits at the northern French coast. On some spots on the beach the gault clay deposits were visible, this delivered a few beautiful belemnites ( Neohibolites minimus ) and from time to time other small fossils washed out of the clay and scattered in the shingle. The chalk boulders near the clifs were not very productive, apart from a very rare Ptychodus tooth. This one made our day.
  14. Hello, a bunch of Permian trace fossils that I am interested in buying as a bulk order. Before I can confirm, if anyone could take a peek and let me know that they seem ok, that would be great. All from French locations--but correct spelling may have been jumbled in autotranslate. I'm planning to buy the lot, but if anyone spots anything amiss, if you could let me know, that would be great. They do resemble other similar fossils I've seen for sale online. 1 - Dromopus lacertoides -- Lodeve France 2 - Anthichnium salamandroides - Lodeve France 3 - Anthichnium salamandroides 2 - Lodeve France 4 - Salichnium pectinatus - Lodeve France 5 - x3 ripple marks - Lodeve France 6 - Traces of raindrop - Lodeve France
  15. Steneosaurus revised

    A new fossil crocodylomorph-related paper is now available online: Johnson, M. M., Young, M. T., and Brusatte, S. L. (2020). Emptying the wastebasket: a historical and taxonomic revision of the Jurassic crocodylomorph Steneosaurus. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 189 (2): 428–448. https://doi.org/10.1093%2Fzoolinnean%2Fzlaa027 Michela Johnson and colleagues restrict Steneosaurus to the type species S. rostromajor, and make the teleosauroid snout MNHN 8900 the S. rostromajor lectotype (the skull fragment MNHN 8753 was later recognized as belonging to the metriorhynchid Metriorhynchus superciliosus) and they correctly recognize, as I had tacitly noticed, that Eudes-Deslongchamps (1867-1869) made an error in declaring that the Bathonian-age teleosauroid 'Steneosaurus' megistorhynchus best fulfilled the function of Steneosaurus type species not knowing that megistorhynchus was not an originally included nominal species of Steneosaurus. A Ph.D thesis written by Johnson last year regarding teleosauroids is available at this link: https://era.ed.ac.uk/handle/1842/36656 (Chapter 4 of the thesis by Johnson resurrects Macrospondylus for S. bollensis from the Toarcian of Europe and coins new genera for several taxa placed in Steneosaurus while revalidating Aeolodon and Sericodon, but I wouldn't disclose the names of the new genera until Chapter 4 is published, because doing so would be tantamount to stealing my thunder) In any case, Johnson and colleagues at long last figured out the concept of what the original Steneosaurus is, and given that Bathysuchus, Aeolodon, and Sericodon are much younger than the Steneosaurus type species, whereas Macrospondylus and a few other Early Jurassic teleosauroids are much older than rostromajor, it is apparent that the past assignment of many teleosauroid species to Steneosaurus is a historical accident and not reflective of biology reality, because Lemmysuchus is closer to Machimosaurus than to Steneosaurus or 'S.' edwardsi.
  16. From the album Nautilus from France

    Cenoceras sp. (Hyatt 1884) Bajocian Calvados Normandy
  17. From the album Brachiopodes, Shells, corals, sponges......

    Apiocrinus elegans (DEFRANCE, 1819) Bathonien Ranville Normandie
  18. From the album Trigonia from France

    Trigonia reticulata Agassiz, 1840 Oxfordien Villers sur Mer Normandy
  19. Yesterday in the deep picardy countryside,Northern France fortunately nobody was here thanks to the quarantine! The target the reason why it's impossible to go usually my fox hole to dig at the top of the cliff the result after two hours of work in the fox hole
  20. Carcharias sp.

    From the album Misc. Cenozoic Specimens

    Carcharias sp. I believe it is a Carcharias.
  21. Help with id on this 15 cm bone

    Hello, i post here again to see if someone could help me identifying this bone I found at the beach called Les Roches noires in France. It's a 4 km long beach with a sliding coastline with sedimentary deposits. The bone is heavy and past the "burn-test", in this area I think its Jurassic-Cretaceous layers but I'm not sure, anyway this bone obviously seems more recent than that. I found it jamed in between two rocks near the clay deposits. Thanks in advance,
  22. Hi guys, this piece was weird to work on, some batches were like cement and others were loosely consolidated, though it doesnt show, i have actually done quite a lot of matrix removal. further exposing the teeth and the pecten hopw you like the finished piece, i used my pin vise and some glue for stabilising it took me about 2 1/2 hours, would anyone be able to hazard a guess at species?
  23. Hi all. Here s my second round of lockdown fossiling. Went back to my dear brittany trilos. I thought i had none to process left, but somehow i was wrong. Some are recent finds (2 weeks before lockdown), some are more storage finds during reorganisation process. Some hardly need no work, for some others it was a different story. So lets start with a bunch of ectillaenus giganteus. regards
  24. Too much rust on my Estwing ! It was a good time for hunting today
  25. I purchased this beautiful pile of poo pellets, and the matrix contained this little hitchhiker. Since I know next to nothing about trilobites, I was hoping for an assist. He dates from the Middle Ordivician (Llandeilian), and was found in the Traveusot Group (Angers), in La Meignanne, Maine-et-Loire, France. I don't know if the second photo is more of Jaques or just another trilo-bit. Thanks for indulging me. Yeah, I'm digressing.....
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