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Found 127 results

  1. Petrified coconut?

    Does anybody know what these are? Size and shape of coconuts embedded into rock on the coast, but hard like stone or petrified wood.
  2. Please ID?

    Found on sep. 26. 2020 in Split Croatia, on marl site, and I don't have idea what it could be? Appreciate your suggestions, Thanks
  3. Hi everyone. I was hoping some of our European members might be able to help me out a little. I am currently at home due to depression, burn-out and severe anxiety attacks all related due to the COVID-19 situation (I work in a essential store and I belong to the risk groups, so after 6 months the stress finally became too much). Long story short, I haven’t left the house since march (except for work), the only 4 times I left was because I had to go to the doctor. But now I am at home and I am currently in therapy with a psychologist and the natural next step is to finally venture outside for the first time since march. So one of the idea’s I had was to go out and pick up fossil hunting again as a way to deal with the anxiety, stress and trauma. I started in august last year and managed to go on 3 hunts since then. 2 with the fossil club (the hunt to Eben-Emael & to Rumst) and 1 hunt one my own in close proximity to home. But since I am new to hunting I don’t know that many good spots to start, I have some idea’s but I have no clue where to start. I already have 1 hunt planned with the club on september 19 to the Devonion of Couvin, but I would like to have been out there again before I go on a group hunt. So I am looking for good fossil locations in Belgium (Normally the Netherlands of Germany would be fine too, but I am not quite mentally ready to leave my country at the moment), I don’t really care about the age of the fossils, I am interested in pretty much everything. But I am looking for places that are easy to access, places where you can hunt without permission. I also asked on the dutch forum, but I know there are a lot of Dutch, Belgian, French & German members here as well who might be able to help. So any locations, suggestions and tips are welcome, if anyone knows some fun places to hunt, I’d love to hear your experiences from there. Some places I had in mind where: The Ardennes: I have heart many great things about people hunt in the Ardennes, but I don’t really know where to start and which are good and easy spots to visit. I was thinking to maybe visit Barvaux, as I have heard it is legendary for it’s brachiopods. But any suggestions are welcome or if any one has some experiences of their own in Barvaux or other places in the Ardennes. Resteigne: This location really sparked my attention as I heard many great things about it. If I read correctly it is a closed quarry that is free to access and which is easy to hunt where some cool Devonian finds can be done. If anyone has been to this quarry I would love to hear your experiences! Antwerp: I know the Antwerp region is world renowned with fossil lovers all over the world because of it’s richness in Miocene & Pliocene shark teeth. And I know that many people hunt there, but I have no idea where these locations are and if they are free to access? Is anyone here on the forum active there? And do you recommend going there as a beginning fossil hunter? And while I don’t know a location to start looking for them, but I am very interested in searching for Carboniferous plant material, preferably in some coal quarry dump site. I know that we had many coal mines in the past, but I don’t know if there are any dumps left that are accessible. I looking for one that are preferable in Limburg or near Liège as that is quite close to where I live. The Schneeberg in Aachen: this is the last place I have in mind and while it isn’t located in Belgium, it is located very close to home. This hill lies on the Dutch/German border the Maastrichtian limestone there is part of the same formations that can be found at Eben-Emael, ENCI in Maastricht and all the other Dutch Limestone quarries that are part of the Maastrichtian type locality. Since those quarries are one of my main interests, but most are closed, the Schneeberg is quite high on the list. So I was wondering whether anyone has hunted there yet and what are your experiences there. I know I ask a lot about a lot of very different localities, but I really need to get back out there to help me put my mind at ease. And I would really appreciate any help and tips and suggestions that I can get. My goal is to trying to visit a different location every week. Maybe @Manticocerasman, @Natalie81, @Indagator, @gigantoraptor & @Joeri_R know some good places to start and have some tips or suggestions? Thank you all in advance! Yours sincerely, Ziggy
  4. Another ID from Holland

    Hi guys, my last find an then i’m out for the moment, did my research, but at the moment I see shapes in every rock.. Can you take a peak if this is of interest? I Do see small shell shaped forms, but i’m not sure what the 4 to 5 round, and smooth impression are, they are smooth as silk, and vinger top size ( on boths sides present, furthermore the lobster red shape, that looks a bit lime a shrimp to me. Some location: Doesburg Holland, most likely Pleistocene deposit layer, exposed due to sand mining. i’ll post some overview shots, follwed by some magnified ones. thxn and gr J
  5. Please assist ID several finds

    Hi all, just got into fossils as a hobby, please see my introduction message i just posted. As a MD i have some knowledge on bone structure and shape, ofcourse not perfect with animals. I’ve several fossils found by my dad over the last 20y and myself last months. Literally in the backyard. (<< Town in Holland aka the Netherlands, Europe>>) Crucial in this is area is used for sand mining. This has resulted in a large lake, with depts up to 100meter (200+ft i believe. The water is fed by an old river, called ‘oude ijssel’. I will split this in batches, to keep things orderly. thank you so much A: Egg? Was one piece but dropped it. B: vertebrae of what? Looks like bone to me, the verbebrea part. With clear distinction to what i believe is soft tisseu with skin ( 1 side)
  6. A friend has an odd fossil that appears to be a fruit. It's from a Miocene coal deposit in Germany. The tag says Magnoliaspermum sp. There doesn't seem to be much about this genus on the web though I did find a reference to a species, M. geinitzii. Is it a form genus for fruits that may be associated with magnolias or is it an extinct genus related to magnolias or something else? I don't know a lot about fossil plants other than the general history and I don't have a reference for it. The formation is given as Braunkohle Lignite but "Braunkohle" is the German word for lignite so I think there's a misunderstanding on that one. Jess
  7. Is this a fossil?

    Hi guys, I have found an egg-like potential fossil, but I am totally amateur to the topic yet a very intuitive person, and as I was googling how to know if it really is a fossil or not I have stumbled upon this forum and thought to start a thread. Please help me find out if this is a fossil or just a pseudo one
  8. Possibly European bone fragment

    Almost a month ago, trying to fight the boredom, I started to sort all the things that inevitably gathered in my basement. In an old box full of things donated by my granparents I found what i think are 2 fragments of bone, I don't know if fossilized or not. I've already called them but they don't rebember exactly how and where they acquired the finds. The only thing they say is that it was a gift from a friend they've encountered during a trip in central / southern europe. I know in the past they visited (apart from other localities in France) Romania, Italy and Austria. Describing now the bone fragments, I don't really know if they're fossil or more recent finds. One seems to be part of a jaw bone (the first 3 photos) but cannot identify even the family / order of the animal. The second one is a real mystery; it has a strange pattern on one of the outer surfaces and at first i thought it was wood. I think both of them could be mammal bones, but maybe I'm wrong. Many thanks to all who could help me out.
  9. Tyrolian belemnite

    atractitoa3988d.pdf Nino Mariotti ,Johannes Pignatti Atractites Jeletzkyi,a new xiphoteuthidid coleoid from the Lower Lias of Tyrol,Austria Geol.Roman.v.32,1996 Locus typicus:Pfonsjoch holotype: five fragments,glued together telum reasonably complete @Heteromorph @FranzBernhard
  10. devonian(syn)ecology

    New data on the intergrowth of Rugosa-Bryozoa in the Lower Devonian of North Gondwana Yves PLUSQUELLEC ,Françoise P. BIGEY Carnets Geol. 19 (18) Creative Commons License DOI 10.4267/2042/70538 PDF LINK
  11. paleozoic malacology

    DBNA Middle and Upper Devonian Cryptodonta (Bivalvia)from the Pelagic Hercynian Facies -Taxonomy, Stratigraphy, and Paleoecology Judith Nagel Inaugural dissertation,2006 ABOUT 5,8 MB the research areas on a Devonian geodynamic reconstruction :
  12. Paleoichthyology,Part one

    Knowing Carnevale's musical predilection,I can pretty much guess the origin of the genus name Bollettino della Società Paleontologica Italiana, 58 (3), 2019, 295-307. Modena ISSN 0375-7633 doi:10.4435/BSPI.2019.18 A dragonet (Teleostei, Callionymoidei) from the Eocene of Monte Bolca, Italy Giorgio Carnevale & Alexandre F. Bannikov CarnevaleBannikov2019-Gilmourella.pdf
  13. Hello, I am searching for geologic time dates for some formations. Most are named in the 1800's, so the names may make no sense. Europe Maybe France? carboniferous limestone of borlton, County of La Couronne Ireland, Lower Carboniferous Limestone, Ireland Calc carbonif Armagh? Formation and locality: Mountain Limestone, Armagh England, Ticknall Formation, Mississippian, Ticknall, South Derbyshire, England carboniferous limestone around Bristol Carboniferous Limestone: Oreton, Shropshire. United States Kansas, USA Plattsmouth limestone, Oread formation, Virgilian, upper Pennsylvanian, in a quarry in northwestern Franklin County, Kansas Indiana, USA Keokuk beds, Bono, Lawrence county, Ind. Clark and Harrison. counties Illinois, USA Subcarboniferous (Keokuk); Illinois, Iowa Chester limestone, Chester and Pope county, Illinois. Worthen used the name Chester limestone for the same beds which Hall called Kaskaskia, but included this Chester limestone with the underlying sandstone in what he called the "Chester Group." In the limestone above coal No. 8, Upper Coal Measures; near Springfield, Illinois. In the upper beds of the St. Louis limestone; Alton, Illinois. Pennsylvania, USA a stratum about one foot thick, black, carboniferous, and calcareous, head of inclined plane number 3 of the old portage railroad," which crossed the Alleghany Mountains from Hollidaysburg Ohio, USA coal measures of Cambridge, Ohio. Limestone near Cambridge Nebraska, USA Upper Coal Measures, Bennet's mill, near Nebraska City.
  14. Hey there, I´m quite interested in the history of earth, but I have no experience in fossil hunting at all. This summer i want to spend two month traveling around eastern europe with Interrail. I want to search fossils at least a couple of days. I want to go to a place where it´s possible to find very old stuff. The only places I´ve seen on the list of fossil sites on wikipedia where: the Sanpetru Formation in Romania - Cretaceous Donetsk - Ukraine - Carboniferous and Razdolne - Ukraine - Devonian It would be nice to know if it´s possible for amateurs to find stuff in theese places. When you need professional equipment or too much time to find anything i would like to know where else in eastern europe I have better chances as an amateur to find interesting fossils. Peace Out, Leon Noel
  15. Hello everyone! Like most Europe, here in Bulgaria the winter is also very warm. Today we had 16C with totally clrear sky, so I decided to go hunting on a placed I was gathering info. 150Km from Sofia to the North, is the village of Belotintsi. There is a small Gorge formed by a creek "Nechinska bara" and the outcrops are part of Jurassic of Bulgaria. My source was the National history museum of Sofia and some publications of professors found online. The initial goal was to observe mostly the area as I was little tired for climbing and not properly prepared in terms of equipment. The whole area around (Border with Serbia, Stara Planina Mts, Golo Burdo Mt close to Sofia) were the bottom of Tethys sea. Here is a general aspect of the locality. Next time I plan to go to the upper part of the formation (Oxfordian). Pictures numbered from 1 to 4 show some spiecements on the field. The rocks are rich in CaCO3 as they highly react with vinegar. The stones are easily separated with very light blows. Picture number 1, I think I forgot it there Pictures Sa-Sd: Macrocephalites versus or gracilis I think. Se: This big fella, sadly found in pieces. I believe it is a different spieces to Macrocephalites. Probably it was detached from a formation above. Sf-Sg: Some fragments Sh-Si: I gathered these only to try testing with preparation process. As a novice, I do not want to ruin something nice that was preserved for million of years due to lack of experience. Hope you like the pictures. None of the fossils are museum quality; nevertheless I really enjoyed the day. Wish to everyone happy and fruitful hunting trips! Regards, Dimitris.
  16. Hello! I am an MPhil student studying plesiosaurs, I am really struggling to locate Cretaceous aged specimens. Since I am based in the UK, most of the museum collections contain Jurassic age fossils so you can image I have an abundance of these! I thought it would be best to ask on the fossil forum since people from all over the world use this. Does anyone know of any museums in Europe or the US that contain large marine reptile collections that might contain a lot of plesiosaurs?
  17. additions to knowledge:Cretaceous Fish

    A new species of dercetid (Teleostei,Aulopiformes) from the type Maastrichtian of southern Limburg, the Netherlands Jonathan J.W. Wallaard, René H.B. Fraaije, Henk J. Diependaal and John W.M. Jagt Netherlands Journal of Geosciences, Volume 98, e2. wallaapiscrdnew_species_of_dercetid_teleostei_aulopiformee_type_maastrichtiasouthern_limbure_netherlands.pdf
  18. je suis un heteromorphe

    recommended!!! en Francais/In French [Trav. Lab. Géol. Grenoble, t. 42, 1966] Leptocères berriasiens du massif de la Grande-Chartreuse par Jean-Pierre THIEULOY thieuleptoceraheteromammollus(VACISEK)GA_1966__42__281_0.pdf
  19. hogstromhrsloegstroembrigsshunsrucklagerstincsedismachaeridiadevoniarsl1981.full.pdf A pyritized lepidocoleid machaeridian (Annelida)from the Lower Devonian Hunsruck Slate, Germany Anette E. S. Hogstrom, Derek E. G. Briggs, and Christoph Bartels Proc. R. Soc. B (2009) 276, 1981–1986 doi:10.1098/rspb.2008.1875
  20. german trilobites(dreilapper)

    wint Trilobiten aus dem Grenzbereich Emsium/Eifelium (Devon) im Raum Winterberg/Züschen (östliches Sauerland) Stephan Helling & Lothar Schöllmann Geologie und Paläontologie in Westfalen 90: 25-65 slightly more than 24 MB
  21. hexapoda/mantoidae/Oise /Pseudomantoida

    New Paleogene mantises from the Oise amberand their evolutionary importance THOMAS SCHUBNEL and ANDRE NEL Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 64 (4): 779–786. schuNELinsemantilagersthexapoapp006282019.pdf @Coco @fifbrindacier
  22. Echinoid ID

    Found recently in Split, Croatia, near Adriatic sea, on hill called Marjan Location If someone can tell the species? Thanks
  23. Oyster maybe?

    Found today in Split, Croatia Is it some shell? It is about 30 cm long (about 12 inches)
  24. Is this a ball joint fossil?

    I found it in Latvia (Europe), near Broceni, on my land. Excavator was digging pebbles and rocks for road repair, and about 2 meters deep I spotted this stone which looked interesting. Some of the other stones around contain small shell imprints. And at the depth of about 4 meters there is Zechstein rocks: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zechstein As I understand that means that millions of years ago there was a sea, where I am digging my rocks now. Please take a look at that piece of rock and tell me what you think, could it be a fossil? https://photos.app.goo.gl/VXCZtHJ1Jej9SiJy7 Thank you.
  25. Cretaceous nacre

    Here Stolarski J (2018) From pristine aragonite to blocky calcite: Exceptional preservation and diagenesis of cephalopod nacre in porous Cretaceous limestones. PLoS ONE 13(12): e0208598. https:// doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0208598
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