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  1. France Returns Fossils to Morocco

    From Morocco World News : https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/10/322754/france-returns-25500-rare-artifacts-fossils-to-morocco/
  2. https://de.reuters.com/article/us-france-allosaurus-auction/remains-of-the-day-dinosaur-skeleton-fetches-three-million-euros-idUSKBN26Y2JY
  3. Today was a perfect day to hunt on my cretaceous beach,Ault Picardy,northern France,with few nice brachiopods,a spondylus spinosus,Micraster Echinoids
  4. Dear members, here I want to present my latest hunting trip, in the south east of France. This region has been known for decades to geologists for the vas amount of outcrops of Cretaceous age. In fact, there's even a GSSP and a stratotype section. Since most of these areas are protected, I checked where I could collect fossils freely. A famous spot for collectors is Carniol, located 125 km (77 mi) north of Marseille. Here, Aptian (Early Cretaceous) clays crop out and fossils can be easily collected by hand or with a small tool. A view of the outcrop: Fossils are extremely abundant. You don't need to excavate, you can easily pick those exposed on the surface. Because of these, many are too fragmented or fragile, but there's no shortage of well preserved specimen! Ammonoids are the most common specimens. I have not been able to ID them yet, because of the lack of specific papers on Carniol. Here's two of the largest and best preserved specimen that I found: Belemnites are extremely common as well, but complete specimens much more rare. Here's a complete specimen: And here a large one! And now, all my finds together: you can see ammonoids, belemnites, gastropods and bivalves. The best-preserved fossils after a cleaning process: Finally, I'm not sure about these: Here's all! I sincerely hope that you enjoyed my post. I'd love to hear your comments and hopefully IDs. Besides, if you have any reading suggestion, they are more than welcome. Thanks, Fabio
  5. Rudist valve?

    Hi, I wet fossil hunting in a Cenomanian site and I found this piece. I think this is a Rudist valve of Requienia but I'm not sure to be right. What do you think mates? @abyssunder @FranzBernhard? The size is a little less than the size of a hand (about 15 cm or 6 inches).
  6. Theropod tooth from Amphoux, France

    Hello! I get this tooth from Amphoux, France. Any posible id? Allosauridae? Dromaeosauridae? Thank you so much!
  7. Ichthyosaur paddle digit (Wimereux): hit or miss

    Hi all, Found this stone at Pointe aux Oies in Wimereux two days ago, amongst the pebbles collected next to a shelve down towards sea from the spot where I had found an ichthyosaur vertebra (on matrix) two days before this find. I picked it up because 1) the stone is unusually flat; 2) has exactly the right shape and thickness to it for an ophthalmosaurid ichthyosaur paddle bone (see picture below); 3) has certain ornamentation top and bottom; 4) seems to be of a different type of stone than I've generally come across in the area; and 5) has some weight to it. It vaguely reminds me of paddle bones found in the Oxford Clay at Peterborough. Yet, what makes me doubt, though, is that there is no clear radial ornamentation on either top or bottom of the piece, as would by typical for an ichthyosaur paddle bone. A friend of mine, more familiar with fossils from the region, suggested it could be a crocodile scute, as the ones found further up the coast, but this, to me, seems unlikely, as 1) the ornamentation on my find differs significantly from what's typical for crocodilians; 2) the underside is not flat as it would be for crocodile; and 3) the piece seem to thick for a scute. Size is about 4.4 x 3.4 x 1.4 cm (1.7 x 1.3 x 0.6 ") Brachypterygius extremus paddle from Ichthyosaurs: a day in the life... My piece reminds me of the radius. Now my question is: Is this just a rock - i.e. am I seeing things because I really want to - or is it an actual fossil? Is this an ichthyosaur paddle bone/phalange or something else?
  8. Oddly shaped bone in pebble from Cap Gris Nez

    Hi all, Found this pebble on the beach close to Audresselles (Cap Gris Nez area, Boulonnais) amidst the heavy rain and wind yesterday. Initially, I thought it was just a piece of odd-looking fossilised plant-material, with a faint thought in the back of my mind that may be it could be a fish skull. When I checked it this morning, I was able to confirm the piece is smooth on the outside, and seems to have what appears to be bone fibres on the inside. In other words, I'm convinced now that it actually is bone, though still have no idea what kind...
  9. From the album fish

    Dapalis Macrurus Oligocene Aix en Provence France
  10. Palaeo-activities around Bourges/Morlac in France

    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!
  11. What happened to this ammonite

    Hello all I have had this ammonite for quite some time now, but since it has been tucked away in a drawer for the last couple of months. There is something weird about this piece however. The front looks pretty normal, except is a bit deformed. But on the back, it looks like the ammonite exploded. Hard to explain so I hope the pictures help. I've heard of exploded ammonites before so I wonder if this is one. Thanks all for your help
  12. There are blocks of marl in the river and you have to go up and break them to find the fossils There are a lot of shells
  13. Carboniferous plants 1 Eusphenopteris striata Gothan Westphalian Calonne Ricouart France 2 Sphenophyllum(Annularia) Westphalian Calonne Ricouart France 3 Neuropteris and Alethopteris Deccurens Westphalian Calonne Ricouart France 4a Eusphenopteris 4b Pecopteris Westphalian Calonne Ricouart France Fortopteris latifolia Zeiller.and a stem on the reverse Mariopteris
  14. Good afternoon everyone! I will be staying in the South-Eastern part of France, near Draguignon (between Nice and Marseille) for a week in August. Are there any hunting sites nearby that you guys would advice me to look into? I have never hunted for fossils in rocks etc, all my fossils come from the Pleistocene. I'd be happy with anything! Best regards!
  15. Ardèche 2020: trip report

    So for the last two and a half weeks I’ve been camping in the Ardèche region in southern France. After a long, exhausting trip of 13 hours we finally arrived. We put up the tent, read a book and went to sleep so we would be fit for our first real day of our vacation. At the first day, we did visit the museum I showed in this topic: After that, the real work started. This big pile of rock was just dumped at the edge of the road. After a few minutes we found our first complete ammonite. Spot the ammonite The whole region is filled with these small piles of rocks, so as long as you just keep walking, you’ll find them… The region itself is beautiful too. Anyway, except two beautiful little ammonites, the first day didn’t really work out. The next day I walked a little further from the camping (like little as in 10km). Totally worth it! I found an amazing spot were marls eroded away and just left tiny ammonites. When I found them I immediately thought of an old topic by @Max-fossils who went to Carniol some time ago. At first, I thought it was identical, except this spot was a lot smaller, not as rich and with a couple of different species. I think I spent about 40 hours at this spot, and I think I found about 150 tiny ammonites, from at least 8-9 different species (but I’m far from an ammonite expert). I think these are lower Cretaceous, but I am not sure on a more precise date. How most of the place looks. Covered with tiny ammonites that resurface after heavy rains (which occurred three times during my stay, so I could keep searching at the same spot) The spot, kind a steep wall (me for scale). Anyways, time for some of the finds (my good camera broke down so I do this with my phone): I think these are Aconeceras nisus, the most common species.
  16. Le Muséum de l’Ardèche

    So for the past few weeks I’ve been camping in the Ardèche region in southern France. There was a nice little museum just a couple of miles from where I was staying. Le Muséum de l’Ardèche is the located in the small village Balazuc (which is also worth a visit). Most of the pieces were collected by Bernard Riou, a French Palaeontologist. Some pictures: Fossil insects from the Plateau du Coiron. Fossils from this location (about an hour away from Balazuc) are amazing. My favourite insect at the Museum: Nice Millipede Fossil frogs and toads from the same location Fishes, also from the same location. There also is an antelope skull on the wall, and they even have a complete skeleton of one. Very nice to see. Skeleton of a boar-like animal. How much better does it get? Well, much better: Of course, there are many more fossils from this location, including turtles, snakes, birds, leaves, pine cones… On to the next part...
  17. I spent my last week on the Jard sur Mer beach ,Callovian to Bathonian fossils :)and sunburns
  18. The second week start very strong,with a visit in a aalénian to bajocian quarry
  19. Just came back from the Southwest of France, with nice pictures :)(and few finds) My first week was in Rocamadour,Lot,a very old City ,i tried to visit few Quarries,two samples in the Dordogne,very close,and one near Figeac.Only few minerals(perhaps someone could tell me if i was right to carry them in my bag,i know nothing about minerals) On the road ,good sight? Very impressive,but very poor fossils tracks Minerals perhaps with a good prey?
  20. Hey guys, I was wondering if anyone knows of a site in approximately this region where we could possibly go collecting for an afternoon. I'm not too picky, just looking for any accessible place where I can potentially find some interesting fossils. I'm tagging some of our French fossil collectors too: @fifbrindacier @Coco @caterpillar @marguy @nala Est-ce qu'un de vous aurait des recommendations? Any help is appreciated! Thanks in advance, Max
  21. Triakid shark?

    hi guys I was looking through some chalk Blocks obtained in a great trade and aside from the usual oysters and other common teeth I found this one and I was wondering whether you could help ID it , it’s from the campanian of hallencourt, maybe @Al Dente will know thanks all p,a it’s about 1mm I was lucky to find it with no microscope
  22. Does this look ok? I remember posting a few here before and was told to avoid because they were painted/highlighted so couldn't judge them. That doesn't seem to be the case here, so fingers crossed, this one looks ok. Lower Jurassic. Aveyron, France. Stone is 25cm x 24. The print is 15cm.
  23. A Cretaceous walk on the beach

    Last Saturday we finally went back to the Cretaceous deposits at the northern French coast. On some spots on the beach the gault clay deposits were visible, this delivered a few beautiful belemnites ( Neohibolites minimus ) and from time to time other small fossils washed out of the clay and scattered in the shingle. The chalk boulders near the clifs were not very productive, apart from a very rare Ptychodus tooth. This one made our day.
  24. Hello, a bunch of Permian trace fossils that I am interested in buying as a bulk order. Before I can confirm, if anyone could take a peek and let me know that they seem ok, that would be great. All from French locations--but correct spelling may have been jumbled in autotranslate. I'm planning to buy the lot, but if anyone spots anything amiss, if you could let me know, that would be great. They do resemble other similar fossils I've seen for sale online. 1 - Dromopus lacertoides -- Lodeve France 2 - Anthichnium salamandroides - Lodeve France 3 - Anthichnium salamandroides 2 - Lodeve France 4 - Salichnium pectinatus - Lodeve France 5 - x3 ripple marks - Lodeve France 6 - Traces of raindrop - Lodeve France
  25. Steneosaurus revised

    A new fossil crocodylomorph-related paper is now available online: Johnson, M. M., Young, M. T., and Brusatte, S. L. (2020). Emptying the wastebasket: a historical and taxonomic revision of the Jurassic crocodylomorph Steneosaurus. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 189 (2): 428–448. https://doi.org/10.1093%2Fzoolinnean%2Fzlaa027 Michela Johnson and colleagues restrict Steneosaurus to the type species S. rostromajor, and make the teleosauroid snout MNHN 8900 the S. rostromajor lectotype (the skull fragment MNHN 8753 was later recognized as belonging to the metriorhynchid Metriorhynchus superciliosus) and they correctly recognize, as I had tacitly noticed, that Eudes-Deslongchamps (1867-1869) made an error in declaring that the Bathonian-age teleosauroid 'Steneosaurus' megistorhynchus best fulfilled the function of Steneosaurus type species not knowing that megistorhynchus was not an originally included nominal species of Steneosaurus. A Ph.D thesis written by Johnson last year regarding teleosauroids is available at this link: https://era.ed.ac.uk/handle/1842/36656 (Chapter 4 of the thesis by Johnson resurrects Macrospondylus for S. bollensis from the Toarcian of Europe and coins new genera for several taxa placed in Steneosaurus while revalidating Aeolodon and Sericodon, but I wouldn't disclose the names of the new genera until Chapter 4 is published, because doing so would be tantamount to stealing my thunder) In any case, Johnson and colleagues at long last figured out the concept of what the original Steneosaurus is, and given that Bathysuchus, Aeolodon, and Sericodon are much younger than the Steneosaurus type species, whereas Macrospondylus and a few other Early Jurassic teleosauroids are much older than rostromajor, it is apparent that the past assignment of many teleosauroid species to Steneosaurus is a historical accident and not reflective of biology reality, because Lemmysuchus is closer to Machimosaurus than to Steneosaurus or 'S.' edwardsi.