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  1. Another trip in mammal land

    Yesterday I decide to go to one of my favorite site. A site of eocene mammals in the southwest France. It rained all night and it's good to see bones.Indeed, bones are there A mandible Broken teeth and bone An other mandible Bone in stromatolite Internal mold of turtle Vertebra in stromatolite Print of turtle And the turtle
  2. Canine Tooth - France

    Hi, I have here a tooth, Neolithic (6,500 - 12,000 years old). It is described as indeterminate canine from Voulgézac, France. It is 4 cm in length. Is there any way to say which species it could be from? Thank you, Bellamy
  3. Hello together, I am tidying up a bit and came across this piece between the flower pots on my windowsill. I can not remember buying it, and I can not remember finding it. As I do not often find vertebrate fossils (as this appears to me to be) I would remember finding it. So maybe it was a bonus add on to something I bought, or my fiancé found it without being impressed much, in which case it would be from the coast of Normandy or Bretagne. Could also have been from a box of Chilean whale vertebrae, I also found a penguin humerus among those. My first guess is some kind of fish maxilla, any ideas? Scale is metric. Thanks, J
  4. Hi all, Last part of my finds of the year. In autumn, between lockdown 1 & and lockdown 2, we managed another 3 days hunts. First day was spent in our usual trilobites spot, which happened to be on the way to our main destination this time. You have already seen in my first part some of the trilos we did find on that day, which was a rather good one for me. Day two was spent in Nanteuil quarry not far from Niort. the quarry got mostly bajocian and aalenian. the aalenian is on the "ground of the quarry" and was mostly drown at that time of year. So Bajocian that was. An explosion had occured recently so we had quite some material to process. Most of the ammos there have no heart, which is quite frustrating, but from time to time, you can fine a pretty one. 2 finds on that day : Normannites sp ammonite A huge not yet determined nautiloid (not the usual cenoceras we find there) We kept going till 18h30 then it was time for a shower at the hotel and a meal at the restaurant.
  5. From the album Vertebrates (other than fish)

    Dinosaur egg shell pieces. Parentage: Perhaps Hypselosaurus Campanian Found at Beaureceuil, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France Thanks to Pixpaleosky
  6. From the album Vertebrates (other than fish)

    Dinosaur egg shell pieces. Parentage: Perhaps Struthiosaurus Campanian Found at Beaureceuil, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France Thanks to Pixpaleosky
  7. Initially, this summer we had planned to spend a week in the eastern part of France, but despite there was no official lockdown at the time and since the area had been badly strike by the pandemy, we decided to postpone that trip. Instead we organised a 4 days trip along the cliffs of Normandy. The first day we aimed to "Cap de La Hève " near Le Havre. The rocks are from the cenomanian We didnt find that much, but all in all we still managed to grab a few nice echinoids and brachiopods. Some samples of the very small Discoides subuculus (1 cm for the biggest) : A totally sweet Tetragramma variolare : A complete Cidaris was also found on this day but i dont have a picture. On day two we headed a bit further north/east: Saint Jouin de Bruneval, still cenomanian cliffs. On that day we just did great A sweet echinoids association Conulus castanea and Tetragramma variolare The small echinoid Cottaldia benettiae (1cm ) A fair amount of Crassiholaster subglobosus We also found some Holaster sp and also more Discoides subuculus. To be continued
  8. Christmas fieldtrip in the Turonian

    It has been to long since we posted a fieldtrip, but the curent worldwide situation did hamper our fossil hunts. A few days before Chritmas the situation in France changed and we could again go to the beaches in the North for fossil hunts. The 24th we went to the "Grand Blanc Nez" to prospect the turonian boulders en hopfully score a few big ammonites. This time we were als prepared for big finds: we took a handcart with us, because the previous time we had trouble to bring a couple of ammonites back to the car due to their weight ( 2 km on foot with more than 30 kg of ammonites is hell ). The weather conditions of the past few days had cleared up a lot of boulders and it didn't take long for the first ammonites to appear. Natalie found the first specimen, a Lewesiceras peramplum from over 30cm in diameter and a while later a loose Mammites nodosoides. A while later It was my turn and I found an large Mammites nodosoides from around 30cm lying between the rocks. a few extra ammonites were found, but of lesser quality. Halfway our day Natalie found a chalk boulder with a few bone fragments peeking out. not sure of what it could be we took it back home to see what the preparation would give. while heading back Natalie found the last ammonite of that day, this time a Fagesia catinus wich was a nice addition since we diddent had this genus in our collection yet. The ammonites where prepped over the following couple of days, but at first sight the bones didn't seem prommising so they were left asside for a while. So earlier this week we picked it back up and tried to prep it further. tou our surprise one of the fragments turned uot to be a complete marine reptile vert Natalie was overjoyed with this fossil. Just waiting for us on the beach : The prepped specimens: Mammites nodosoides ( 30 cm ) Lewesiceras peramplum ( 34cm ) Fagesia catinus ( 27 cm ) The marine reptile vert ( probably plesiosauria )
  9. Neseuretus tristani

    From the album Best of 2020 finds - a year in review : 1 - trilobites

    The last Neseuretus tristani of the year (well quite a lot to be preped still, but they wont be as good). A flawless specimen, as good as we can find them
  10. What could it be???
  11. Despite the pandemy and various restrictions which occured, it happened we managed to make quite a few trips. i did, in my opinion, numerous good finds, specially in the trilobites department. So this post shows the nicest trilo i found in 2020. We visited 3 different sites with various luck. The first noticable trilo of the year was found a few days only before the first lockdown. It was a very happy split, you can see on the pictures the chisel was very close. So here it is : Ectillaenus giganteus Later, in the end of spring / start of summer, we had the opportunity to try twice a new playground. The first visit yielded me this killer Eodalmanitina macrophtalma The second visit, i scored a specie i never did before (not that is it rare, but it hasnt been found on my usual playground) Placoparia tournemini tournemini and even a double
  12. 20-ectillaenus-giganteus-2.JPG

    From the album Best of 2020 finds - a year in review : 1 - trilobites

    Happy split - 2 : Ectillaenus giganteus - South of Rennes -Brittany - France - march 2020
  13. Today,i made my last 2020 carb fossils hunt,the morning was nice on the first site ,but hunters came at 10 and i have to go very fast(they were probably drunk at this time and i didn't want to finish like a rabbit), I had the time to find this nice fern plate (to ID,kind of Sphenopteris i think) This nice Sigillaria trunk And this Neuropteris plate
  14. A new paper is out online that you may find interesting: Verónica Díez Díaz, Géraldine Garcia, Xabier Pereda Suberbiola, Benjamin Jentgen-Ceschino, Koen Stein, Pascal Godefroit & Xavier Valentin (2020) A new titanosaur (Dinosauria: Sauropoda) from the Upper Cretaceous of Velaux-La-Bastide Neuve (southern France). Historical Biology DOI: 10.1080/08912963.2020.1841184 The Provence region of France is best known for its wine and Impressionist painters, but it also has yielded many of Europe's last sauropods. Garrigatitan constitutes the latest addition to southern France's sauropod fauna, and if anyone's aware, all titanosaur genera from Spain and southern France have been assigned to the subfamily Lirainosaurinae.
  15. Two year old Neanderthal child from 40,000 Years ago was probably intentionally buried. Researchers in France reevaluated data from the early 1970's excavation to confirm. https://www.livescience.com/neanderthal-child-burial-solves-mystery.html
  16. I have been offered these three prints, for a decent price each---I'd quite like to add a French Grallator to my collection, so if someone can have a look, that would be great. All are Jurassic age, found in Sauclieres, France. First two photos == A concave one, matrix is 16cm by 16 cm . A concave one is my preferred choice. Next two photos == A convex fossil, slab is 14 x 18 cm. Final photo = Another convex, 19 x 17cm matrix. If someone can take a look at let me know what you think, that would be much appreciated.
  17. I just got this skull yesterday and everything I get I check with a UV light... this one glows. Could it just be preservation? All help is appreciated.
  18. French lutetian fossils

    Hi guys these teeth are from an old, closed location I’m be in France and I couldn’t find any description of the fauna, they are lutetian, so I have based my ids of some English localities I’m more familiar with 1. I think some type of parotodus? 2.galeocerdo latidens? 3. isurolamna inflata or brachycarcharias lerichei?
  19. Dear members, the present post of mine deals with my visit to the Barremian Stratotype. I'd like to point out, however, that no fossil collecting was involved, since that was a protected area. The Barremian (129.4 - 150 Myr) is the fourth stage of the Lower Cretaceous. The base is marked by the lowest occurrence of the Taveraidiscus hugii and the Avramidiscus vandeckii ammonite groups. A stratotype (or type section) is defined as "the specific stratal sequence used for the definition and/or characterization of the stratigraphic unit or boundary being defined." Almost all the geochronological stages have a stratotype. If these sections meet a number of criteria, they are assigned as GSSPs, informally known as Golden Spikes (see https://stratigraphy.org/gssps/). The Barremian Stratotype does not have a GSSP yet (a candidate is in Spain), but does have a stratotype. Originally located near the town of Barrême (whence the name), it was later redefined using a roadside exposure near Angles, a small town in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department, southeastern France. I pinpointed the location with a red arrow: By the way, in the city centre of Barrême you can see sculptures of heteromorph ammonites made with fiberglass: The section of Angles consists of 232 beds, that encompasse the latest Hauterivian, the whole Barremian and the earliest Aptian. Decimeter-thick calcareous beds alternate with thin dark coloured marls, rich in ammonites and belemnites. Eight ammonite biozones have been established for the Barremian section (see http://laboratoire.gpa.free.fr/Dossiers/Ammonites/Cretace/Barremien/stratotype.html). Here you can see a panoramic view of the outcrop, even though it's not the whole exposure: Here I'm posing so that you can have an idea of the unit's thickness: Each bed's number has been marked with green spray paint. Bed 72 represents the base of the Barremian: Walking alongside the section I noted a few specimens that I pictured, but eventually I didn't collect them. Above bed 80 I saw this tiny ammonite (diameter 2,5 cm or 1 in): Above bed 28 I saw this "flat" fossil, that might be a belemnite rostrum, but I'm not sure of that. I sincerely hope that you enjoyed my brief account. Thank you!
  20. France Returns Fossils to Morocco

    From Morocco World News : https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/10/322754/france-returns-25500-rare-artifacts-fossils-to-morocco/
  21. https://de.reuters.com/article/us-france-allosaurus-auction/remains-of-the-day-dinosaur-skeleton-fetches-three-million-euros-idUSKBN26Y2JY
  22. Today was a perfect day to hunt on my cretaceous beach,Ault Picardy,northern France,with few nice brachiopods,a spondylus spinosus,Micraster Echinoids
  23. 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
  24. 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).
  25. Theropod tooth from Amphoux, France

    Hello! I get this tooth from Amphoux, France. Any posible id? Allosauridae? Dromaeosauridae? Thank you so much!
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