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Found 113 results

  1. Lithacosphinctes evolutus (Quenstedt 1888)

    From the album Late Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    35cm. Early Kimmeridgian From the upper Danube valley.
  2. Hi all, I have a tricky tooth ID question. For now it is labeled as Theropod indet. and I guess this is as far as it gets, but I just want to check if someone else gets a Dromaeosaurid vibe =) It was found in the Lourinhã Formation. Crown height is 6mm. Denticles per 1mm are 9 mesial and 7 distal. Mesial denticles are also much shorter, and the mesial carina ends at about half way from the anterior of the tooth (maybe 2/3 considering the tip is missing). Distal denticles are slightly hooked towards the anterior. I went through quite some papers from similar aged formations in Portugal/Spain and Morrison formation but without any real luck: Zinke 1998 describes possible Dromaeosaurid teeth that might fit the bill regarding denticle density and roughly TCH/FABL/BW when scaled to this tooth (6.09mm/3.61mm/1.95mm). Any help is highly appreciated!
  3. Ringstead Bay Dorset find

    Any idea what this might be? Looks like it maybe some sort of tooth ? Shame it's missing the tip.
  4. Trochobolus texatus (Goldfuss 1833)

    From the album Sponges

    10x6cm. divisum zone Kimmeridgian Late Jurassic Lochen Formation From the Upper Danube Valley near Beuron
  5. Melonella radiata (Quenstedt 1858)

    From the album Sponges

    6x6cm. divisum zone Kimmeridgian Late Jurassic Lochen Formation From the Upper Danube Valley near Beuron
  6. I've just added two sponges to my collection which I found recently in the Kimmeridgian Lochen Formation in the upper Danube Valley near Beuron. The first is the appropriately named Melonella radiata and the second is a Trochobolus texatus.
  7. Indet. Gastropods - Les Roches Noires

    From the album Best of 2018 finds - a year in review

    2 nice gastropods internal molds from "les roches noires" (Oxfordian)
  8. Colosia zietini (Loriol 1878)

    From the album Brachiopoda

    6cm. long. With small Beekite rings. Early Kimmeridgian Late Jurassic Found at Geisingen quarry in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
  9. Green ammonite

    A nice block of ammonites from the Gräfenberg quarry. Although not very visible on the pictures, the ammonites are actually of a nice dark green, thanks to the glauconite present.
  10. possible fish scale?

    On my last fieldtrip in France at the pointe aux oies, I found this specimen in the late jurrasic layers on the beach ( Kimmeridgian ). I am not at home with vertebrate fossils, but could this be a fish scale? any extra info is welcome. the specimen is 1.5cm long
  11. Plesiosaur vertebrae

    From the album Marine reptiles and mammals

    Unidentified plesiosaur vertebrea Jurassic period kimmeridge clay weymouth, Dorset U.K.
  12. A colony of oysters

    I had some time to kill again yesterday in the middle of my split shift, so I headed off as usual to the upper Danube valley. Problem was, as I was already halfway there, I noticed that I'd forgotten to throw my tools into the car. What a bummer! Oh well, I thought, might as well just check out the ditches in the area on the chance that something might have fallen down. I can always bang rocks together if need be, and at least I can enjoy the good weather for a couple of hours. As luck would have it, there actually was a small rock fall in one of the ditches, so I managed to retrieve a couple of things. One was an Orthoceras proincondita ammonite and the other a nice multiblock with a couple of ammonites plus a colony of Liostrea roemeri oysters with 7 complete valves and lots of bits and pieces.
  13. Cylindrophyma milleporata (Goldfuss 1826)

    From the album Sponges

    17x16x13cm. Branching sponge. From the Kimmeridgian in the upper Danube valley.
  14. Branching sponge

    I took a short trip to the ditch in the Kimmeridgian the other day between shifts and spent a couple of hours digging away, this time to practically no avail. On the way up the ditch back to the car, however, I noticed something which had slipped down from above recently. A good portion of the branching sponge, Cylindrophyma milleporata. It's now residing on the floor in my display room.
  15. Another sponge

    I posted a little report a few days ago about my latest outing to the Danube Valley and now I'm adding this as a sort of after-thought. I had already deposited this sponge in its unprepared condition in the dregs crate since I just didn't have the inclination to clean the matrix out of the interior. Sponges are anyway just a byproduct of my search for ammonites and I always keep telling myself you've already got enough of the things. Well, my grandson was over for a visit the day before yesterday and he spotted it. Now he just loves to putter around in the workshop when he's here, and since we had some time on our hands I figured I could let him have a go at it. He did a pretty good job at hollowing it out before his mother came to pick him up, so I thought I might just as well finish it off. Today I sat down to scrape off the last bits with the stylus and it suddenly broke up into a few pieces. No problem. Just glued them back together and finished it off with the air abrader. I believe it was worth it in the end, since I believe I have a genus which I don't have in the collection yet. I'm not really sure, but at least it looks that way. Sphenaulax sp. ? from the late Jurassic Kimmeridgian. Length: 10cm. Diameter: 12cm.
  16. Trochobolus texatus (Goldfuss 1833)

    From the album Sponges

    Diameter 9cm. Length 8cm. From the Kimmeridgian divisum zone in the Danube Valley, southern Germany.
  17. The snow had melted back enough in the lowlands that I could venture out to the Danube Valley yesterday in order to try my luck again in the infamous ditch at the side of the road. There was an awful lot of slipped-down overburden to clear out of the way and it also took a while chipping away at the exposure, so my battery was on the wane before I finally found a little pocket with a few retrievable fossils just before darkness set in. Most of what I found wandered into the trade or sell box, but this one here is reserved for my collection. Discosphinctoides sp. 10cm.
  18. Atreta sp. (Etàllon 1862)

    Shell preservation. Attached to an echinoid.
  19. Liostrea roemeri (Quenstedt 1843)

    Both valves intact.
  20. Kimmeridge clay vertebrae

    Hi, Yesterday, I just find with the high tides this vertebrae. It's come from the upper kimmeridge clay of Normandy in France. I know very well the marines reptiles of this age (sauropterygia, ichtyosaurs,etc...) but this vert look very different. Especially with the big furrow at his bottom. I think it's look like a Dino vert but i'm really not sure and I don't know bones of dinos. Could you give me your opinion about it? Many Thanks Carbon.
  21. Back in the ditch

    In contrast to the present below freezing temps in my homeland, things over here in southern Germany are comparatively balmy at the moment. At least it's well above freezing, there's no more snow below 3000 feet and it only rains sometimes. So I took another trip out to my favorite ditch in the Danube Valley and did a bit of digging to see if I could uncover some more of the not-so-easy-to-reach early Kimmeridgian hypselocelum zone at the site. After an hour or so of scratching away at the overburden, I managed to expose some of it and came away with a few finds. The finds are not quite as spectacular as the divisum zone where I usually do my digs, since the preservation is often not good at all due to the mostly relatively soft clay in the fossiliferous layers, but every once in a while it gets concretionary and the occasional nice thing can then pop out. I found a few small ammonites and as usual in this reef, the sponges were abundant, so I couldn't resist taking along a couple of those as well. Ataxioceras perayense. 4.5cm. Streblites tenuilobatus. 5.5cm. Cnemidriastrum stellatum. 6x7cm. Unidentified sponge. 3x5cm. I had to piece this one back together.
  22. Sponge reef debris

    From the album Late Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    2 Garnierisphinctes sp. ammonites along with a number of small sponges and some shell bits. 12x8x4cm. From the divisum zone, Kimmeridgian, Lacunosamergel Formation in the upper Danube valley.
  23. I've just finished prepping a couple of things I brought back with me recently from the Kimmeridgian site in the Danube valley. The first is a Garnierisphinctes sp. ammonite which I was about to throw away since it became obvious as I started abrading that the inner whorls were either hopelessly deformed or altogether nonexistent. But I decided to keep on, since I noticed a bit of pyrite peeping out. The result has a hole in the middle, but I find it doesn't really distract from the pyrite wreath surrounding it. Not an everyday find. Pyrite does occur here, but usually not in such concretions. The second is a fine example of reef debris: 2 Garnierisphinctes sp. ammonites surrounded by a number of small sponges and a few shell shards lying about.
  24. From the album Late Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    8cm. Steinkern revealing the siphuncle. Divisum zone, Kimmeridgian. Found in the upper Danube Valley.
  25. Holy Siphuncle!

    At the moment I have the pleasure of accompanying TFF member Jeffrey P and 2 friends on their fossil hunting forage over here in Germany. I've given them a few tips and also managed to free myself up for the day yesterday and took them to the Kimmeridgian site in the upper Danube valley for a bit of digging and delving. I think they were quite content with the experience since they treated me to a nice meal at their hotel afterwards Also Jeff's friend Ralph was nice enough to pass on a well-preserved Taramelliceras sp. ammonite to me as a token of thanks which he had found. He noticed how enthused I was by it, so he graciously offered it to me. At first I thought it was a particular species which I've never found in the divisum zone before, but I realized after closer scrutiny at home that it's rather a Taramelliceras compsum, which occurs there occasionally. Nevertheless, I'm happy to be in posession of it, since it's the largest and best preserved one I have to date and it also distinctly shows the well preserves calcified siphuncle.
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