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As some might have read in a previous topic, I went to visit my girlfriend in Finland. Unfortunatly Finland must be one of the worst places to find fossils in the world, I did manage to find some quartz vains and a few pieces that may or may not be amber (have to do the hot needle test on them first) Even urban fossil hunting is near impossible as pretty much all buildings are made from the fossil-lacking stones that can be found in Finland. The only urban fossils I found was in the Burger King in the Helsinki Central Station, the floor was littered with orthocones there. But Finland really isn't a good place to hunt fossils. But one thing that definitly is a worth a visit is the Finnish Museum of Natural History! It isn't a really big museum, the collection isn't that big, but the way it is presented is very awesome! One of the few musea that nails being modern and educative at the same time without overdoing it. Especially the Taxidermy diorama's were done amazingly. But I will ofcourse start this topic with what I think will interest you guys the most, the Paleontology part of the museum. A mural with Pikaia, Opabinia & Hallucigenia models Trilobites, most of which were found in Aland (Finland), Gotland (Sweden) and other neighboring countries of Finland Trilobites, most of which were found in Aland (Finland), Gotland (Sweden) and other neighboring countries of Finland Orthocone models Graptolites Eurypterid found in Saarermaa in Estonia (Silurian age) Eurypterid model Giant orthocone model
Hi everyone! In a few days I am going to Helsinki in Finland to visit my girlfriend who is currently studying there. But now was my question, are there any fossils to be found in or around Helsinki? I suppose baltic amber might be found at beaches, but does anyone know of other things or specific places where one could find anything? I won't be taking any digging materials with me, so I am really looking at things you can just pick up like amber, shark teeth, fossilized bivalves or stray fossils in boulders (don't know if it is a proper translation but zwerfsteenfossielen as we call them in Dutch). If anyone known anything that would really be helpfull! Also does anyone know anything about the fossil laws in Finland and does anyone know any fossil or mineral shops in Helsinki? Thanks in advance!
A few weeks ago I was on my very first fossil hunts. With some beginners luck I managed to find a few trilobites and orthoceras but I also found a very peculiar fossil that I am very curious to learn more about. The place where I found it is called the Aland Islands and is located in the Baltic sea between Sweden and Finland. Ive read that the fossils in this area comes from either the Ordovician or Cambrian ages but I am clueless on which age the stone comes from that containes this fossil. It appears to be complete only missing one "eye" on the half that is exposed. On the negative I can clearly see the "eye" imprinted. The shell/skin is extremely fragile and crumbles if touched and most of the shell/skin is stuck in the negative. When I turn it upside down I can see that the fossil is symetrical with half still in stone and other half exposed. It is approx 7 cm long, 4 cm wide and 2,5 cm high. Anybody got any ideas what this might be? Ive searched thousands of pictures in this forum and on the internet but nothing even comes close.
Hello again from Finland! I need your expertise again This big Sea star fossil was found a couple of years ago from an energy peat stock in inner Finland. It originated from a Finnish mire (drained to a peat bog). The pics are poor, but can you identify what species this is? How old can it be? Thank you very much! - Kara