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Yesterday I visited my favoriet hunting spot with a few friends. Since the weather forcast was realy good we made sure to bring a portable bbq, meat and drinks. Me and my girlfriend were the first at the location, we made a quick prospect for devonian cephalopods, but there hasn't been a lot of activity in the quarry since our last visit. Once the group was complete we tried our luck in older parts of the quarry, but only a few cephalopods were found. At lunchtime we set up our little bbq and equipment and enjoyed our lunch ( this was fossil hunting in style ) the afternoon we continued our search for fossils. only one extra large goniatite was found by a friend, on the other hand, my girfriend made an exellent discovery, she found a large piece of placoderm that is likely to belong of the same specimen we found last year, it wil soon join the rest of the pieces that are being preped at the museum now. On the way home we made a quick stop for prospection in an other quarry, but appart from a few nice calcite cristals we had no luck here. Still, we had a realy fun day one of the 2 goniatites I found that day: Lunchtime Hexagonaria next to the BBQ: the placoderm fragment found by my girlfriend ( Natalie81 ) The large goniatite of my friend calcite crystals from the next spot:
Last weekend was a fieldtrip to my usual spot the late Devonian in the area of Chimay in Belgium. And of course hunting for the prized cephalopods. Althoug the usual deposits are depleted due to the activity in the quarry, there are now new deposits that can be prospected. A lot of Matagne formation is now exposed, here a lot of small but wel presereved fossils can be found , mainly brachiopods, but in the correct layer and with a little patience a few pyritized cephalopods can be discovered, mainly: Bactrites sp. , multiple kinds of Gephuroceratina ( Manticoceras..) and Tornoceras. The day was cold, rainy and even a few snowflakes, but it was wel worth the trouble. Thx to Anthonie Hellemond (President Belgian Paleontological Association 2018) for the pictures in the field ( and the extra goniatites ) Bactrites: Manticoceras on bottom and a little Tornoceras on top. Oh and in contrast to all the little pyritised fellows there was this one ( also credits to Anthonie for the discovery ) It wil take a while to prep .... Cheers, Manticocerasman