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Found 6 results

  1. 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
  2. Hi everyone! After the recommendations of @Manticocerasman, @gigantoraptor & @Joeri_R I joined the BVP (Belgian Association for Paleontology). Today I got my confirmation mail of the membership. I have long been wanting to go out on fossil hunts especially in my own region which consist of cretaceous limestone from the Maastrichtian. Luckily for me the next fossil excursion planned by the BVP is a trip to the Romontbos quarry in Eben-Emael which is only a 20 - 25 minute drive for me. So I did sign up for said excursion but since it's my first ever fossil hunt I want to go prepared and I was wondering if any of you have any tips on what tools and stuff to take with me to the quarry and what tools are best for excavating said limestone. I already know that a safety helmet, safety gloves and a fluorescent jacket are required and that safety glasses and steeltipped working shoes are recommended. I was also planning on taking enough water to stay hydrated, a backpack and a good strong bag to transport excavated fossils and perhaps some matrix to examine later. And I was planning on purchasing this kit from my regular fossil shop. Are there any other tools or items that I should bring? Or does anyone have some tips for an inexperienced beginner? Or is anyone is familiar with the location feel free to share. Thank you in advance and I look forward to my first hunt!
  3. 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.
  4. Eifelian fieldtrip in Couvin

    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:
  5. fossil fair report ( Belgium )

    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
  6. Fossil fair BVP in Sint gillis waas ( Belgium )

    on 4 September our local Paleontology club wil be holding their annual fossil fair . Feel free to join us Of course pictures of the event will follow
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