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Hi everyone, Two weekends (11 november) ago I went to the fossil and mineral fair of Geo-Oss. I had gone two years ago too (I couldn't go last year due to personal reasons). I mostly went to do some chatting around and admiring some of the fossils that were on display. I also picked up a few fossils of course. Unfortunately, I was dumb enough to forget to take pictures of the fair! Sorry... About 60-70% of the stands were mineral stands, but the rest was filled with cool fossils. The main person organizing the fair, whom I got to meet 2 years back and had a great conversation with (he's of the same opinion than me that fossils are better than minerals! ), was there again and we talked extensively about fossil hunting trips and locations, and other fossil-stuff. He also gifted me two nice fossils. I also talked with a few other people, several very interesting. One had spent a good time of his life collecting cave bear fossils in Austria-Hungary etc. and had an impressive collection (including a complete nearly intact skull!). So, here's what I picked up. Not a great lot, but I didn't want to spend ridiculous amounts of money either and was mostly after cheap good deals. My mother (who was there with me) also bought me a 'little' Xmas present already (of my choosing), but I'll share photos of that one when Santa has passed by Starting from the top, going down: A small box filled with matrix from the famous Miste location (Deposit of Aalten, Layer of Miste; Langhian, Miocene). I'm gonna have a lot of fun looking through all this! A great Neptunea contraria from the Deurganckdok (a closed location in Antwerp). From the Kattendijk Formation; Pliocene around 2.5 million years old. I've started to prep this one, and I'm collecting the matrix which I suspect will be filled with little goodies! (I also negotiated the price tag that you see on the shell to get it a little cheaper ) A nice Aequipecten opercularis also from the Deurganckdok A comb oyster from Tulear, Madagascar, from the late Cretaceous: Rastellum carinatum. This is actually a pretty common species on the market, but for some reason I still didn't have any, so I just had to get this one! I'm gonna prep it a little further, it's not gonna be difficult. A rolled-up trilobite from Tunisia A classic small Flexicalymene ouzregui (or Diacalymene ouzregui for some) from Alnif in Morocco. I already had a couple but this one was very cheap (and also much cuter than the ones I previously had haha ) (Gift) A gorgeous spiriferid brachiopod. All that's known is that it's from Canada (Gift) A fantastic fossil fish, with the pos/neg. Unfortunately no information whatsoever on it, but my guess is that it's from one of those Madagascan localities? Just wanted to share, hope you enjoy! I'll keep you all posted as to how the prep and micro-matrix searches develop Max
Dear All, I would like to visit some Fossil shows/fairs together with my son in Europe. I’m from the Netherlands so unfortunately we have to cross the border for these. Through these shows I would like to get more knowledge on fossils and eventually buy some nice items. Any recommendations on which one(s) to visit? For example; Kölner Edelsteintage Cologne is upcoming in September. Any experiences on this show? Thank you, Marc