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Found 9 results

  1. Albian ammonites

    On the fossil fair last weekend I bought a lot of phosphatised ammonites of the gault clay of France, from Cap Blanc Nez. I got quite a collection of cenomanian ammonites from there, but the albian specimens are rare since the layers aren't accesible any more due to the silting up of the beach. Although they occasionnaly wash up on the beach after storms. during the eighties the layers were still accesible and often prospected by collectors, thus resulting in large quantities of those ammonites in collections of older prospectors. On the fair they sold one of those older collections from this location, lots of boxes full with cenomanian and albian ammonites for 20€ a box. I found 2 boxes with albian material to my liking and after haggeling a little bit over the price I took them home. At first glance most of the specimens were a multitude of Hoplitidea ammonites, but a few hidden gems were in the box like a small but perfect nautilus and a few rarer ammonites. Lots of the specimens need som prepwork, this is what I got prepped or cleaned so far: prepp in progres on a rare Diploceras:
  2. Mammites prepp

    This morning I prepped the Mammites nodosides that I got yesterday at the beach of Cap-Blanc-Nez: The end result:
  3. on the last fieldtrip from this saturday I got a new batch of ammonites to prepp: the first one was realy easy to prepp, it was a small but well preserved Schloenbachia varians. next up is a Mantelliceras, I broke it in 3 pieces when extracting it from the chalk. I let the specimen dry at home and glued the pieces back together, I then prepped the specimen. After this step I grinded the some matrix residue left from the matrix and mixed it with a little bit of water and PVA glue, I used this mixture to fill and restaur the gaps in the ammonite. once dry I gave the ammonite a Paraloid B72 treatment for consolidation. I'm very pleased with the results
  4. Last weekend we went on a fieldtrip to the coast of Northern France. On Saturday morning we went to the beaches of “Cap Blanc Nez” to search for late Cretaceous ammonites in the chalk, although a lot of the beach was covered in sand, we did find quite a few specimens ( Manteliceras and Schloenbachia ) The rise of the tide forced us to leave the beach around 1 pm where we took a break in a local tavern / restaurant. After our lunch we got a little further south to visit late Jurassic deposits. Here finds were scarcer, but here my girlfriend made a terrific find. She had always dreamed to find some Jurassic marine reptile fossils, and this time she did. She found 3 Ichthyosaur vertebrae in connection and in situ on the beach. We also had a nice chat with a local collector who gave us a nice echinoid he found earlier that day. When the sun started to set we went back to our car, just in time to avoid some heavy rainfall. Too tired to make the drive back home we spent the night at a small hotel and went back for a hunt on Cap-Blanc-Nez on the Sunday morning. The first find I made was a rare Cymatoceras Nautilus . This one made my day. Further on the beach we met some fellow fossil collectors hunting for ammonites and we exchanged some info on our finds. Again around 1pm we were forced to leave the beach due to the tide coming up, but with the bags filled with nice fossils to bring back home. 1Sst day on the Cap: Cephalopods in situ: A vieuw on the other side of the channel: White clifs of Dover. 2nd stop: Pointe aux oies: Some Atlantic wall remains: The verts in situ : end of the day: Day 2 , back to Cap Blanc Nez: An overvieuw on most of our finds: and a few pieces after cleanup and prepping: Cheers, Kevin
  5. CBN brachiopods

    Hi all, Found these two brachiopods by splitting rocks at Cap-Blanc-Nez in France. Most fossils there are Cretaceous in age, but these were found in greyer rocks that felt more like clay than chalk to me. I suppose that means they are from a different layer...? If so, what would the age be (stage)? Anyways, what species do you guys think they are? Thanks in advance! Max Brachiopod #1:
  6. Pink Cap-Blanc-Nez shell

    Hi all, Just wondering how I should go about with the prep of this one. It's from Cap-Blanc-Nez, France, and the matrix is Cretaceous chalk. Should I prep this using vinegar (and water)? If yes, how? Or is it better to go with the small metal picks? (The matrix is rather soft) Any other tips or things I should know before I tackle this one? Thanks in advance, Max
  7. Oddballs of Cap-Blanc-Nez

    Hi all, Found these oddballs at Cap-Blanc-Nez, France. So Cretaceous in age. What do you think they are? I'm not even sure that they are anything, they might just be weird geologic formations. Looking forward to hearing your opinion. Thanks in advance, Max Oddball #1: (kinda flat; and the white spots are concave)
  8. Fossil Hunting in the Pas-de-Calais So last week was a lot of fun for me. Saturday afternoon we left home to go to northern France, the Pas-de-Calais. We first stopped in Belgium to visit some family, so we only arrived at our B&B near Wissant in the late Sunday afternoon. Our main goal was to go to that region in order to do, obviously, fossil-hunting! And that is what we did. I gotta say that I was (pleasantly) surprised with how things ended up! Read on to see what we found... Day 1: Wissant The evening of our arrival we were walking in the small city of Wissant, which lies in between the two famous Caps: Cap-Blanc-Nez (to the north) and Cap-Gris-Nez (to the south). Therefore it is a popular place for visitors to stay during the holidays, as it is ideally placed in between the two main touristic sites of the area. We had a really nice Bed & Breakfast on the outskirts of the city, so that was good too. Anyways, so we were walking the city to try and find a restaurant for the evening. At some point, I come across this small area where there is very dry mud/sand-like sediment, in the middle of the city. I look inside and there are lots of bones and jaws from different critters! Also a few shells. Although everything was in matrix, I still suspect that the things are modern (in the sense of 'non-fossil'. I'd say it still is a few hundreds of years old.), mainly because the bones are from sheep, cow and the shells are from edible species. So probably remnants of some primitive food-left-overs junk pile or something. There were also deer bones too (roe?), not as sure as to how that got there. Anyways, even though the bones are probably modern, still cool finds IMO! Total haul
  9. Hi all, So normally, the weekend of 19-20-21 May I was gonna go with my family to Cap-Blanc-Nez (in France) with the WTKG, but unfortunately that excursion got canceled because, aside from me, only one other person applied! Luckily, as it is the place where my dad proposed to my mom (and therefore this area means a lot to them), and they would like to go back, we decided to go there next week (7-8-9 May)! We already booked a B&B in Wissant for the 3 nights. I am looking forward to it! So, as preparation for the upcoming trip, I am turning towards the most experienced fossil collectors I know: you guys on TFF! I've never hunted in Cap-Blanc-Nez before, so I am a complete amateur as to how the hunting there works. Hopefully some of you have been there already (or been to similar locations) and can give me tips. I have the following questions: What equipment/tools are needed? What are the best layers to find what fossils? What are the most effective hunting techniques? What specific beaches/areas are the most abundant fossil-wise? (Wissant is in between Cap-Blanc-Nez and the other nearby location Cap-Griz-Nez, so if you would more recommend the latter, let me know too!) What other tips do you have in general? I will, of course, make an extensive trip report here on TFF after the hunt is done Thanks in advance already! Best regards, Max