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Hi all, I'm currently on a week's holiday near Morlac (Bourges-area) in France, and was wondering if there were any toddler-friendly activities in the area that I could do with my 3.5 year-old son. I'm thinking of museums, but possibly also of areas where we might go on a fossil-hunt. Thanks for any information you could and would be willing to share!
Autumn weather is on the move again, so the farmers are behaving accordingly and plowing up their fields. Time to go for a few strolls in the furrows of southwestern Germany. I was out last week and harvested a few things, although I wasn't quite sure about the quality, since the majority of them were mostly imbedded in matrix. I did give one of the stones a whack, though, which produced the following result: A Megateuthis sp. belemnite split in half with exposed phragmocone. I just had to reduce the excess matrix with my saw and do a slight bit of abrading. It's 12cm. long. The next one, the ammonite Bigotites (Prorsisphinctes) pseudomartinsi (7cm.) needed a lot of work to expose it. It is quite interesting, since I managed to free up the inside of the living chamber shell while leaving the inner whorls intact. There was actually more of the shell within the matrix, but unfortunately some of it was too brittle and broke away. The next two are bivalves. There was also a good portion of extraction involved with both of them. I decided to remove the Cucullaea (Idonearca) sp. (6.5cm. long) completely from the matrix in order to expose both sides, but I felt that the Myophorella cf. clavellata (8cm. long) looked better on matrix. A bit of shell is missing at the end but it's pretty well complete. A bunch of tube worms decided to colonize this one. The hinges are always nice on the family members of the Trigonioida, so I at least exposed them with the abrader.