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ziggycardon posted a topic in Fossil Hunting TripsHi everyone! Today I went on another fossil hunting trip with the fossil club the BVP. https://www.paleontica.org/sites/fossil_site.php?plaats=3&language=en We visited the "La Couvinoise" quarry in Couvin, Belgium. The rocks in this quarry are part of the Hanonet Formation which lies at the boundry of the Eifelian & Givetian. But the layers we searched in today where all Givetian in age (387,7 - 382,7 mya), I mainly searched in the Crinoïd & Brachiopod layer. Although I have to admit that we probably visited the quarry at a bad moment, as the yield was quite poor in the quarry this time according to members who've been there before. Which was quite obvious as I think we only found our first fossil rich rocks after 50 minutes of searching and even then the first hour of finds where few and poor in quality. But after a while of searching I found some good and rich blocks and managed to get some decent Crinoïd stems, Brachiopods and some rugose coral pieces. But the best 3 finds we did during the last 30 minutes of being in the quarry. The 1st one was the only Trilobite I found during the hunt! Trilos are very rare from this quarry and I believe only 1 other member found one before me on this trip. I found a pygidium which is still partially enbedded in rock. At first I wasn't sure whether I was a trilo or a brachiopod but after having a couple of other members checking it out, they all believed it to be trilobite. The excursion leader time was quite amazed by the find as this trilo came from the Crinoïd layer, which is a layer where he believed no trilobite had ever been found. The trilobites are usually found in another part and layer a bit further in the quarry. So yeah I am very pleased with that find! The 2nd best find, was one I didn't find myself but recieved from our Excursion leader Tom, which was a piece of very nice Stromatoporoidea which I wasn't lucky enough to find. The 3rd best find an perhaps my favorite was something that Tom told me to check out. He had discovered the remains of a cave that collapsed during some excavations in the quarry. You could clearly see the remains of dripping stones on the walls and luckily for us, some pieces of those dripping stones where also laying on the ground. So I managed to take a nice piece of them home with me They are encrusted with a layer of dried mud but I am sure they will look gorgeous once they are cleaned! The rings are already clearly visable in some areas. Here are some pictures from inside the quarry. This was the way to the newly excavated plateau which unfortunatly was a complete was of time as not a single fossil could be found in those rocks. After that we went to the other lower parts of the quarry where I mainly worked in a single piece of wall in the Crinoïd layer. I was lucky enough to find a few good fallen blocks and some good places in the wall with some decent Crinoïds and Brachiopods. One of the nice Crinoïds stems I found in the layer. And here is the piece of wall that has some of the dripping stones in it.
ziggycardon posted a topic in Fossil Hunting TripsHi everyone! Yesterday my girlfriend & I went on a fossil hunting trip to an abandoned quarry in Resteigne in Belgium. https://www.paleontica.org/sites/fossil_site.php?plaats=10&language=en I am currently at home for some time due to mental health issues. I am currently dealing with despression and severe anxiety attacks all related to COVID-19, I am in a risk group and work in an essential store and the stress and way that people threat you finally became too much and I simply snapped. I finally decided to go see a doctor and a psychologist to help out of it all. Since besides going to work I hadn't left the house for the past 6 months and I really needed to get out to help me get rid of the stress and fear, so both the psychologist and doctor encouraged my to go on some fossilhunts as I needed to come out of the house and do some outdoor activities to help with my healing process. So yesterday I went on my first hunt to help me recover! The quarry we visited was an abandoned quarry in Resteigne and the rocks found there are Devonian in age. Most of the fossils found here are from the Eifelian (393.3 - 387.7 mya) and are part of the Jemelle formation. We arrived quite early at the quarry and spent almost 5 and a half hours searching for fossils here. Since we went on a normal week day, we were lucky enough the have the quarry all to our self! Since it was our first time in the quarry we didn't really find anything too spectacular, but I am very happy with the things we found and most important of all, we had a great and fun day! The surrounding environment was stunning and the weather was prefect, sunny but not too hot and not too cold! Ruguse coral in the rocks Only 15 minutes after we arrived we already found our first trilobite! Unfortunatly it was enbedded in a big boulder of very though rock at an impossible angle to remove. We did try to remove it, but when we noticed it would be near impossible and removing it would probably destroy the trilo we eventually decided to leave it. There where multiple other fossils in the same boulder, among them these nice Brachiopods
ziggycardon posted a topic in EuropeHi everyone. I was hoping some of our European members might be able to help me out a little. I am currently at home due to depression, burn-out and severe anxiety attacks all related due to the COVID-19 situation (I work in a essential store and I belong to the risk groups, so after 6 months the stress finally became too much). Long story short, I haven’t left the house since march (except for work), the only 4 times I left was because I had to go to the doctor. But now I am at home and I am currently in therapy with a psychologist and the natural next step is to finally venture outside for the first time since march. So one of the idea’s I had was to go out and pick up fossil hunting again as a way to deal with the anxiety, stress and trauma. I started in august last year and managed to go on 3 hunts since then. 2 with the fossil club (the hunt to Eben-Emael & to Rumst) and 1 hunt one my own in close proximity to home. But since I am new to hunting I don’t know that many good spots to start, I have some idea’s but I have no clue where to start. I already have 1 hunt planned with the club on september 19 to the Devonion of Couvin, but I would like to have been out there again before I go on a group hunt. So I am looking for good fossil locations in Belgium (Normally the Netherlands of Germany would be fine too, but I am not quite mentally ready to leave my country at the moment), I don’t really care about the age of the fossils, I am interested in pretty much everything. But I am looking for places that are easy to access, places where you can hunt without permission. I also asked on the dutch forum, but I know there are a lot of Dutch, Belgian, French & German members here as well who might be able to help. So any locations, suggestions and tips are welcome, if anyone knows some fun places to hunt, I’d love to hear your experiences from there. Some places I had in mind where: The Ardennes: I have heart many great things about people hunt in the Ardennes, but I don’t really know where to start and which are good and easy spots to visit. I was thinking to maybe visit Barvaux, as I have heard it is legendary for it’s brachiopods. But any suggestions are welcome or if any one has some experiences of their own in Barvaux or other places in the Ardennes. Resteigne: This location really sparked my attention as I heard many great things about it. If I read correctly it is a closed quarry that is free to access and which is easy to hunt where some cool Devonian finds can be done. If anyone has been to this quarry I would love to hear your experiences! Antwerp: I know the Antwerp region is world renowned with fossil lovers all over the world because of it’s richness in Miocene & Pliocene shark teeth. And I know that many people hunt there, but I have no idea where these locations are and if they are free to access? Is anyone here on the forum active there? And do you recommend going there as a beginning fossil hunter? And while I don’t know a location to start looking for them, but I am very interested in searching for Carboniferous plant material, preferably in some coal quarry dump site. I know that we had many coal mines in the past, but I don’t know if there are any dumps left that are accessible. I looking for one that are preferable in Limburg or near Liège as that is quite close to where I live. The Schneeberg in Aachen: this is the last place I have in mind and while it isn’t located in Belgium, it is located very close to home. This hill lies on the Dutch/German border the Maastrichtian limestone there is part of the same formations that can be found at Eben-Emael, ENCI in Maastricht and all the other Dutch Limestone quarries that are part of the Maastrichtian type locality. Since those quarries are one of my main interests, but most are closed, the Schneeberg is quite high on the list. So I was wondering whether anyone has hunted there yet and what are your experiences there. I know I ask a lot about a lot of very different localities, but I really need to get back out there to help me put my mind at ease. And I would really appreciate any help and tips and suggestions that I can get. My goal is to trying to visit a different location every week. Maybe @Manticocerasman, @Natalie81, @Indagator, @gigantoraptor & @Joeri_R know some good places to start and have some tips or suggestions? Thank you all in advance! Yours sincerely, Ziggy
Recently I was for one week in the Ardennes in Belgium. There I visited different locations where you can find fossils. For example I was in Barvaux and found many brachiopods: http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/77098-mainly-brachiopods-from-barvaux/. I also visited the old Lesse quarry near Resteigne, where you can many different fossils. For instance I found many brachiopods, corals and also some trilobite parts ! The layers belong to the Eifelium, Middle Devon. Too bad that the weather was not that good but I am nonetheless satisfied with my fiends: Here are some pictures of the quarry: Its an old quarry and the nature reclaims the area more and more. So you also see some nice animals ! Now too my finds: Firstly some brachiopods: They are indeed very common there so I found many. Those brachiopods are all Sieberella sp. or? Here a detailed picture of one (3 cm long): And this should be a Spinatrypa sp. or?