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Today we went on a fieldtrip with the BVP ( https://paleontologie.be/ ) our local geology club to the quarry of Eben Emaal in Belgium, just across the border with Maastricht in the Netherlands. Here we can prospect Maastrichtian marine deposits. The fossils that were collected were; Belemnites, oysters, pecten, echinoids and a few shark teeth. there was evan a lucky one who found a mosasaur tooth. personally I did find 4 big echinoids ( hemipneustes striatoradiatus )and a few belemites, my girlfriend found 2 smaller echinoids ( catopygus ) and a few nice shark teeth.
Saturday 09/06/2018 the BVP ( read: local paleontology club ) organised a fieldtrip to the quarry of " La Couvinoise" next to the town of Couvin. Here we find Eifelian deposits (former Couvinian ) We had a very nice day with various finds and the whole day we had the background noise of a chorus of green frogs who had made their home in the large pound in the old part af the quarry. The site delivered a multitude of fossil corals and brachiopods and sometimes a gastropod or even a trilobite fragment. the start of the excurtion: Lumachelle of Stringocephalus burtuni: the frog pond in the quarry: the bottom of the quarry: some of the finds: large Atrypas: Sieberella: Calceola sandalina: A nice large favosites: And my girlfriend made the find of the day: the cephalon of a phacopid trilobite:
Last weekend I made my annual visit to the fossil fair of the BVP in Sint-gillis-Waas ( Belgium ) This time it was a trip with the whole family, my wife, daughter and even my parents were coming along. Last year my daughter had a lot of fun at the youth department with games and craft projects, so she was eager to go this year. We had a great time at the fair: my daughter spent a couple of hours at the kids corner making cardboard dinosaur eggs, digging up fossils in the sand, painting, .... Meanwhile I had the opportunity to to browse the fossil stands and chatting with friends and making new contacts. and even meeting up with a fellow TFF member ( @Seaforth ) The kids also got a small fossil at the youth stand and the could go to the sellers to trade their fossil until the got one they liked. It took her only 4 trades before she got a nice ammonite she liked. Most of the stands sold local fossils at very reasonable prices, although the traditional Moroccan pieces were also present. Sadly there was very little literature available, and I didn't find the books I was looking for, but I found a nice goniatite from a now inaccessible location that I couldn't resist So again the fair was a very enjoyable event Someone needs Spiriferids? Cheers, Kevin