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Found 225 results

  1. Cenoceras sp. (Hyatt 1884)

    From the album Nautiloidea

    18cm in diameter trigonalis zone Early Bajocian Middle Jurassic Wedelsandstein Formation
  2. Hyperlioceras subdiscoidea (Buckman 1889)

    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:
  3. 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.
  4. 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 decision of whether we should retain the last piece at the end of the living chamber. Either like this: Or like this: We finally decided on the second alternative, since the first would have meant a little too much additional modelling work, so we chucked the piece. We also decided to stick to working on just the one side for two reasons, the first being that it was chock-a-block with oysters and concretions, and the second being that he would have had to pay for a lot more hours of work which probably wouldn't have made all that much difference in the end. Here's a photo of the other side. I then spent a good number of hours with the air abrader on it, alternating back to the fine stylus when necessary in order to remove larger chunks of matrix once I was sure of their position. The abrading was slow going due to the hardness of the matrix, but it was worth having the necessary patience for it as can be seen below. There is a huge tube worm on it and the transition from phragmocone to living chamber can be distinctly seen. The shell is somewhat dented in places, particularly by the inner whorls, but I find that doesn't necessarily detract from the whole picture. I then filled in the gaps with my trusty Apoxie sculpt, painted it and applied the beeswax finish. I also cleaned up the back side a bit. The whole procedure took roughly 10 hours. Here's the final result. Fissilobiceras ovale. 40cm. ovale zone Wedelsandstein Formation Early Bajocian Middle Jurassic From the Wutach area.
  5. Prepping a BIG Sonninia

    I recently recieved a large Sonninia from the Wutach Valley for preparation from a customer. It was a bit of a task since the thing is so huge with a diameter of 50cm. (1ft.7in.). First of all I had to remove the excess matrix with hammer & chisel. I didn't photograph it beforehand, but here is how it looked afterwards. As you can see, the living chamber was extracted in 2 extra pieces which still needed to be attached. The phragmocone alone has a diameter of over a foot and there is still a piece of living chamber missing at the end where the brown color can be seen at the top. I didn't glue them back on at first, but concentrated rather on stylus and abrader work on the phragmocome. The next photo shows it at that stage with the 2 living chamber pieces just placed next to it. I then abraded the living chamber pieces, removed the unseemly brown layer on the phragmocone and glued it all back together with a strong adhesive which then cured for 24 hours. The next step was to fill the gaps with modelling clay (I use a product called Apoxie Sculpt) and finish off with water color paints and a beeswax finish. I couldn't get the color quite right, so I left that last step to my customer's wife who did an excellent job. Here's the end product:
  6. Sonninia sp. (Bayle 1878)

    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. We think that the species is S.ovalis, but are not quite sure about that. If that's the case, then this is quite a rare find, particularly at this size. ovale zone Wedelsandstein Formation Early Bajocian From the Wutach Valley
  7. Macrocephalites jacquoti (Douvillé 1878)

    From the album Middle Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    13cm. Phragmocone herveyi zone macrocephalus oolite Wutach Formation Found near Blumberg-Hondingen
  8. A few of my ammonites collected from the Inferior Oolite at both coastal and inland quarry sites in Dorset, UK.
  9. From the album Middle Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    11cm. + 10cm. ovale Zone Early Bajocian Wedelsandstein Formtion Found in the Wutach area
  10. Hyperlioceras subsectum (Buckman 1905)

    From the album Middle Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    11cm. ovale Zone Early Bajocian Wedelsandstein Formation From the Wutach area. With an Entolium demissum bivalve attached on one side.
  11. Hyperlioceras discites (Waagen 1867)

    From the album Middle Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    20cm. Phragmocone. Wedelsandstein Formation Early Bajocian ovale Zone From Wutachtal
  12. Fissilobiceras ovale (Quenstedt 1886)

    From the album Middle Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    20cm. Wedelsandstein Formation Early Bajocian ovale zone Found in Wutachtal
  13. Prepping a double block

    My customer brought me another challenging assignment the other day. It's a combination of 2 different ammonite species in one block, something quite rare for the ovale zone in which it was found. Here's what I started with. There was a lot of matrix to be removed, so off we went. Here's what it looked like after a couple of hours with the scribes. Now you can roughly see the positions of the two ammonites. I never cease to be amazed at how abrading can reveal the beauty of fossils. Now the Hyperlioceras can be clearly seen on the left. There was still a bit of shell clinging to the venter at 6 o'clock, but I managed to scribe it off with minimal damage which I'll conceal later with a bit of epoxy putty. I then returned to the scribe and trimmed off most of the matrix from the Sonninia. The oyster which is sticking to it was also removed after I took the photo. The last thing I did today was to abrade the Sonninia. Sometime tomorrow I'll get down to trimming the matrix to give the block an aesthetic shape, smoothing it down and finalizing things. I promise to post the end result when done. By the way, the Hyperlioceras has a diameter of 18cm. and the Sonninia one of 11.
  14. A hike through the Wutach

    This past Sunday, I decided to pay my friend a visit at his workplace in the Wutach valley which I reported on recently. I left home a few hours earlier than he did since I wanted to visit a site on the way which another friend had told me about. This was off of a steep path through the woods which I had never taken before, so I was looking forward to excercising my calves and thighs. The way took me a kilometer or so uphill until I reached what appeared to be the pinnacle, which was where the exposure in the humphriesianum zone was supposed to be which I had been looking for. Up to that point I had hardly noticed any exposures, so I was happy to discover an approximately 20 meter long one here just below the path. Downed the knapsack, pulled out the tools and went at it. After a few minutes, however, I noticed that I obviously hadn't reached the highest point, since I was digging in the Aalenium, the epoch where I feel most at home, so it works like a magnet on me. Surprise, surprise. Funnily enough, I ended up making my best finds here. Spent about 2 hours prying away at well-weathered rock which obviously had not been touched by collectors for a good long time. I think I'll come back soon for another visit. Anyway, I carried on afterwards up the hill and eventually found the exposure I had been originally looking for. Spent an hour or so exploring it, but didn't come up with any ammonites as I'd been hoping. Did find a nice bivalve however. After I was done there I headed on over to my friend, a brisk walk of a couple of kilometers through the woods over flat land. Just a bit of downhill slipping and sliding at the end to get to him. Good thing I could hear him hammering since it wasn't all that easy to orientate myself for all the trees and shrubs. Then I just relaxed, drank a lot of water and watched him sweating at it. He'd had enough after an hour or so, so we made our way together down to his car and he drove me back to mine, which was a welcome relief for me. Here are the finds I made, already prepped and finished. The first is a Ludwigia haugi, my avatar, the next ones are Ancolioceras opalinoides and finally the bivalve from the humphriesi oolite, a Ctenostreon proboscideum.
  15. Fissilobiceras fissilobatum (Buckman 1919)

    From the album Middle Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    40cm. Prepared and restored for a friend by yours truly. trigonalis zone Early Bajocian Found in the Wutach Valley
  16. Megateuthis suevica (Klein 1783)

    From the album Belemnites

    This rostrum measures 38cm., although it is not quite complete, so it could have been up to 50cm. long originally. The name of the species used to be M.gigantea until it was revised a few years ago, which I find to be more suitable for this behemoth, the largest belemnite ever. It originates from the Bajocium in the Wutach Valley, southwestern Germany.
  17. From the album Cephalopods Worldwide

    9.5cm. discites zone Early Bajocian Middle Jurassic From Beaminster, Dorset, UK
  18. From the album Cephalopods Worldwide

    8cm. discites zone Early Bajocian Middle Jurassic From Bradford Abbas, Dorset, UK
  19. From the album Cephalopods Worldwide

    8cm. sauzei zone Bajocian Middle Jurassic From Sherborne, Dorset, UK
  20. Gastropudding

    From the album Gastropods and Bivalves Worldwide

    A grouping of 3x Pyrgotrochus bessinus and 4x Pyrgotrochus macrocephali on a block measuring 17x11x10cm. P.bessinus has a conical form and P.macrocephali is shaped like a lentil. sauzei zone Early Bajocian Middle Jurassic From Sherborne, Dorset, UK
  21. Gastropudding

    I've mentioned in past threads that I occasionally do some prep work for a British paleontologist who hasn't the time to do the work himself. He always sends along some raw material from mostly southern English sites in exchange for the job. He knows that I like gastropods, so this time he included a nice rock, chock-a-block with various Pyrgotrochus species. Sort of like raisins in cookie dough. I didn't think (as often the case) to make a "before" photo, but I can at least show you the final result, with which I'm very pleased. 7 samples of Pyrgotrochus bessinus and P.macrocephali in a block 17x11x10cm. in size out of the sauzei zone, Early Bajocian from the region around Sherborne, Dorset.
  22. Pyrgotrochus bessinus (D'Orbigny 1854)

    From the album Gastropods and Bivalves Worldwide

    4.5cm. diameter. 4cm. long. Irony Bed, humphriesianum zone Bajocian, Middle Jurassic From Sherborne, Dorset, UK
  23. Fissilobiceras ovale (Quenstedt 1886)

    From the album Middle Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    28cm. ovale zone early Bajocian A rare find from Wutachtal. This is just the phragmocone from what once quite a large example.
  24. From the album Gastropods and Bivalves Worldwide

    3x3cm. humphriesianum zone Bajocian Found at Évrécy, Normandy, France
  25. Oppelia subradiata (Sowerby 1823)

    From the album Cephalopods Worldwide

    15.5cm. humphriesianum Zone Bajocian Middle Jurassic Found at Bridport, Dorset, UK