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Hello All Today and the next five days I'm on a family trip in the Ardennes. I am close to the region around Hotton. This is known for the many invertebrate fossils that can be found here. I went to a quarry first. I had to get permission from the owners but they gave if I didn't break the obvious rules of fossilhunting in an active quarry. The weather was very nice and the fossils numerous. What else does a fossilhunter want? I searched in an the loose rocks and didn't even had to use my hammer. The ground here is littered with fossil corals. In 5 minutes I found about 20 pieces. I have no Idea of the species yet.
Yesterday we went on a fieldtrip organised by my geology club in the area of Marche en Famenne. In the morning the first stop was the visit of the "Grottes de Hotton" but me and my girlfiend didn't do this visit, so we got around 11am at the grottes to wait for the rest of the group. the weather was sunny and the temperatures very pleasant, this was going to be a very nice spring day. When the group was complete we hit the road to the quarry a couple of kilometers further. first we got a quick lesson about the geology of the quarry and safety mesures ( the sediments in the quarry were of mid Devonian age: Givetian). After this we where free to prospect the area. In the screes a lot of very large corals could be found, but I passed on those until I would find a more managable specimen. but a few of our friends did make the effort to drag a few of those back to the cars. After a while I found a verry good spot where a fossiliferous clay layer was washed out. this is where I found most of the good stuf. Lots and lots of Atrypas (brachiopods ) and a multitude of different corals ( sociophyllum, favosites, scoliopora,.. ) most of these were extremely wel preserved. With further prospection of the site we found a few other fossiliferous spots, one notable one where fragments of large Stringocephalus brachiopods could be found. we even found a few more or less complete specimens. At 4 pm we gathered back to the car and the finds where compared and discussed, and of course we left for a local pub to finish this perfect day for a refreshing drink. Enjoy the pictures: One of the big corals: The memmorial at the pub: the turret of an "easy 8 " sherman tank. Some time to rest after the hard work