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Found 22 results

  1. Late Jurassic finds

    I spent another day at the Kimmeridgian site in the Upper Danube Valley near Beuron the other day. I had taken my camera along in order to take some shots, but I ended up making so many good finds that I forgot to get it out. Sorry bout that. One great thing about this location is that the finds are easy and quick to prep, so at least I can show you some of the finds. Aspidoceras sp. Ataxioceras (Parataxioceras) lothari Ataxioceras (Parataxioceras) planulatum Taramelliceras (Metahaploceras) nodosiusculum and Glochiceras sp. Ardescia perayense Ataxioceras (Parataxioceras) sp. Rasenoides lepidula
  2. Another dig in the ditch

    I hadn't gotten out to look for fossils for a couple of weeks due to commission work and other things, so I was beginning to itch so much that I spent the day yesterday digging away in my favorite ditch in the Upper Danube Valley where I've been working at prying up bits of the Kimmeridgian hypselocylum zone. It was a nice sunny day and relatively warm for the middle of winter, so it was quite an enjoyable experience, although my old bones were starting to ache a bit at the end of the day. Here are the things I've sorted out for the collection. Streblites tenuilobatus. 7.5cm. Parataxioceras perayense. 5.5cm. Eurasenia trimera and Glochiceras sp. 5x5x4cm. A sponge which may belong to the genus Hyalotragos sp.
  3. From the album Late Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    12cm. hypselocylum zone Kimmeridgian Lochen Formation Found near Beuron, Upper Danube Valley
  4. My very last split shift

    Monday was the last time that I did a split shift before I'm headed off to full retirement at the end of the year, so as usual, I took advantage of the hours in between and headed off to the Kimmeridgian site in the ditch in the upper Danube Valley. Found a few nice things again this time. Well, winter is closing in, so I probably won't be back there again until the springtime now, but it won't be going away, since I seem to be the only collector that's interested in it. Lots of sponge amongst those ammos this time.
  5. Biking for Fossils

    Over the years I've posted quite a few reports on my finds from the ditch in the Kimmeridgian in the upper Danube valley. Although it's over 40 miles away, I decided it was time to take a tour down there on my (battery powered) bike. It was a great trip, although I'm of course pretty tuckered out today. The site, or at least the exposures I was working, is pretty well cleaned out by now, but there is still a chance of finding another exposure in the next lower zone by moving on down the ditch and picking away. I have found a bit on the odd visit over the last year or so, but not all that much, since the preservation is mostly too soft and flatly pressed. This time I managed to find a spot where the matrix is more concretionary and harder, which heighten the chances of finding some better preserved fossils. I only spent about an hour and a half there, but this time some nice things came out, so I didn't mind the bit of extra weight on the return trip. I guess I'll be going back there again soon, but next time with the car Taramelliceras sp. Bathrotomaria sp. gastropod with 3 Streblites tenuilobatus ammos. Could have repaired it, but I decided to leave it as is. Streblites tenuilobatus Rasenia sp. PS. Here's the bike.
  6. Liostrea roemeri (Quenstedt 1843)

    From the album German Gastropods and Bivalves

    8x6x3cm. Kimmeridgian hypselocylum zone Late Jurassic Found in the upper Danube Valley
  7. Cylindrophyma milleporata (Goldfuss 1826)

    From the album Sponges

    17x16x13cm. Branching sponge. From the Kimmeridgian in the upper Danube valley.
  8. Branching sponge

    I took a short trip to the ditch in the Kimmeridgian the other day between shifts and spent a couple of hours digging away, this time to practically no avail. On the way up the ditch back to the car, however, I noticed something which had slipped down from above recently. A good portion of the branching sponge, Cylindrophyma milleporata. It's now residing on the floor in my display room.
  9. The snow had melted back enough in the lowlands that I could venture out to the Danube Valley yesterday in order to try my luck again in the infamous ditch at the side of the road. There was an awful lot of slipped-down overburden to clear out of the way and it also took a while chipping away at the exposure, so my battery was on the wane before I finally found a little pocket with a few retrievable fossils just before darkness set in. Most of what I found wandered into the trade or sell box, but this one here is reserved for my collection. Discosphinctoides sp. 10cm.
  10. Back in the ditch

    In contrast to the present below freezing temps in my homeland, things over here in southern Germany are comparatively balmy at the moment. At least it's well above freezing, there's no more snow below 3000 feet and it only rains sometimes. So I took another trip out to my favorite ditch in the Danube Valley and did a bit of digging to see if I could uncover some more of the not-so-easy-to-reach early Kimmeridgian hypselocelum zone at the site. After an hour or so of scratching away at the overburden, I managed to expose some of it and came away with a few finds. The finds are not quite as spectacular as the divisum zone where I usually do my digs, since the preservation is often not good at all due to the mostly relatively soft clay in the fossiliferous layers, but every once in a while it gets concretionary and the occasional nice thing can then pop out. I found a few small ammonites and as usual in this reef, the sponges were abundant, so I couldn't resist taking along a couple of those as well. Ataxioceras perayense. 4.5cm. Streblites tenuilobatus. 5.5cm. Cnemidriastrum stellatum. 6x7cm. Unidentified sponge. 3x5cm. I had to piece this one back together.
  11. Sponge reef debris

    From the album Late Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    2 Garnierisphinctes sp. ammonites along with a number of small sponges and some shell bits. 12x8x4cm. From the divisum zone, Kimmeridgian, Lacunosamergel Formation in the upper Danube valley.
  12. Springtime in the Ditch

    Since the new collecting season is opening now that most of the snow has left the more populated areas in the northern hemisphere, I figured I could turn over a new leaf instead of posting in the old thread. For those of you who might not be familiar with it, it's a site in the upper Danube Valley that I've been excavating on and off for a good 2 years now and there's still no sign that it'll be drying up soon. It's in the Late Jurassic Kimmeridgian and most of the finds are out of what we call here the divisum zone, named after the ammonite Crussoliceras divisum, which occurs in it. As the title infers, the site is in a ditch at the side of a road cut. I manage to get out there at least once a month, when not more often and I was just there again this week. Here are some old photos of the site and some of the recent finds. Here is a Garnierisphinctes sp., which, although it has a diameter of 13cm., is still just the phragmocone. And here is a Discosphinctoides sp., also a phragmocone measuring 9cm. Here are 2 smaller ones which I have yet to identify. The second one has an Atreta sp. bivalve attached to it.
  13. Found a spongy pipe

    Most of the snow has melted away in the lowlands, at least for the time being, so I took the opportunity a few days ago to drop into the ditch in the Kimmeridgian in the Danube Valley for a couple of hours. It was drizzly weather, but that didn't bother me, being happy to just get out and dig a bit. Found a few nice ammonites which I've still got to prep, but I spent an hour or so abrading this sponge today. Like I've said before, I usually leave most of the sponges where they are, but this one was complete and also quite large at 20cm. length. If I abraded the entire insides, I could fill it with tobacco and have a smoke I'm not sure, but I think it could be a Cylindrophyma sp.
  14. This was in 2 pieces which were repaired. Mostly phragmocone.
  15. Limestone mold of the phragmocone.
  16. Crussoliceras crusoliense

    Calcite mold. Complete specimen. Only the apophyse is missing on this microconch. C. divisum is generally larger than C. crusoliense, which reaches an adult diameter of at the most 15 cm. The bipartite ribs crossing the venter continue mostly on until the end of the bodychamber and can become irregular, whereas by C. crusoliense they tend to merge towards the end and remain relatively constant.
  17. Calcite mold with a fine residue of green glauconite on the phragmocone. This is the index fossil for the divisum zone. C. divisum is generally larger than C. crusoliense, which reaches an adult diameter of at the most 15 cm. The bipartite ribs crossing the venter continue mostly on until the end of the bodychamber and can become irregular, whereas by C. crusoliense they tend to merge towards the end and remain relatively constant.
  18. Laevaptychus obliquus (Quenstedt)

    Aptychi mostly existed as bilaterally symmetrical pairs and were part of the anatomy of many ammonites. They are believed to have been either a two-valved closing hatch at the aperture or else a double-plate jaw piece. These particular ones are associated with the ammonite genus Aspidoceras. The photo show a pair in ventral and dorsal views.
  19. This little fellow is so small that I had to photograph it under the microscope. It's amazing that I found it at all. They don't get much bigger than this apparently. One of the dwarves under the ammonites. This is the microconch to Cymaceras guembeli.
  20. From the album Late Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    10cm. The inner whorls of what would have been quite a large chap originally. Malm gamma 2. Lower Kimmeridgian. From the upper Danube Valley.