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  1. Split Shift

    I worked another split shift today, so I decided to use the 4 hours in between to visit the site in the ditch at the side of the road in the Danube valley once again. No sense in driving home and back again when your tools are anyway in the trunk. Rain had been forecast for the afternoon, but it looked ok for the time being, so off I went. It's about a 3/4 hour drive and everything was looking good until about 15 minutes before arrival when suddenly over the last hill there were dark clouds with even more darkness below them looming on the horizon. Good thing I brought my raincoat and rubber boots. To make things even more complicated, it turned out that the road to the site was blocked off only about a half a kilometer away from it, so I had to turn around , detour back up the hill and down another road to get there, which cost me about another 20 minutes. That wasn't so bad though, since it was pouring with rain at that point, so I was wondering how long I was going to hold out anyway. As it turned out to my luck, the rain pretty well let up just as I arrived, so I thanked my lucky stars and walked down the road to the new spot I'd discovered about a month ago. I remembered to take my camera this time () so here it is. I'd been here already twice, so you can probably see that I've been working at getting that layer of limestone blocks removed. That's where the fossils are sitting, or rather, lying. So I continued on for about a half an hour in the drizzle, but then the rain started getting stronger again, then it started getting serious and after another 10 minutes it was pouring down in buckets and getting rather uncomfortable. No chance to take out the camera again. At least I had managed to extricate a few ammonites, so I wrapped them up quickly and headed back to the car and thence back to a couple more hours work of another kind. These things prep up pretty quickly, so I got them done already this evening. Actually there wasn't all that much worth keeping in the end, but at least these 2 turned out ok. Taramelliceras sp. 6.5cm. Ataxioceras sp. 7cm.
  2. Ataxioceras (Ataxioceras) hypselocylum

    From the album Late Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    12cm. Zone ammonite hypselocylum zone Kimmeridgian Lochen Formation sponge facies Found in the upper Danube valley.
  3. Back to the ditch

    I mentioned here about a week ago that I had discovered a promising new exposure in that Kimmeridgian ditch at the side of the road which I thought I'd pretty well exhausted over the last few years. I also said that I would probably go back again soon and true to my own word, I did. This time I took the car. I spent about 2 hours there and made some more good finds. They are all out of a concretionary horizon in the hypselocylum zone of the Lochen Formation sponge facies. It looks like there could very well be more to be found, so I guess I'll be going back there again before the snow sets in. Ataxioceras (Parataxioceras) hypselocylum, the ammonite which gives the zone its name. Parataxioceras sp. Streblites tenuilobatus together with a partial Ataxioceras sp. Taramelliceras sp. Taramelliceras sp., Lingulaticeras sp. and a Laevaptychus obliquus, part of the jaw aparatus from an ammonite.
  4. Biking for Fossils

    Over the years I've posted quite a few reports on my finds from the ditch in the Kimmeridgian in the upper Danube valley. Although it's over 40 miles away, I decided it was time to take a tour down there on my (battery powered) bike. It was a great trip, although I'm of course pretty tuckered out today. The site, or at least the exposures I was working, is pretty well cleaned out by now, but there is still a chance of finding another exposure in the next lower zone by moving on down the ditch and picking away. I have found a bit on the odd visit over the last year or so, but not all that much, since the preservation is mostly too soft and flatly pressed. This time I managed to find a spot where the matrix is more concretionary and harder, which heighten the chances of finding some better preserved fossils. I only spent about an hour and a half there, but this time some nice things came out, so I didn't mind the bit of extra weight on the return trip. I guess I'll be going back there again soon, but next time with the car Taramelliceras sp. Bathrotomaria sp. gastropod with 3 Streblites tenuilobatus ammos. Could have repaired it, but I decided to leave it as is. Streblites tenuilobatus Rasenia sp. PS. Here's the bike.
  5. Kimmeridgian serpulid(s)

    I'm not sure, but it almost appears to be two types of Serpula entombed in this nodule. Would anyone agree. Kimmeridgian Kimmeridge Clay UK
  6. Bone from upper jurassic

    Hi, I've found this bone in France kimmeridge clay. It's marine deposit so the majority of vertebrates are marine reptiles like pliosaur, plesiosaur, crocodile, ichthyosaur etc.. I have some ideas about the determination of this bone but I do not prefer to influence you. Many thanks for your help. Regards Carbon.
  7. Notidanus sp. (Cuvier 1817)

    From the album Pisces

    15mm. long. Syn. Hexanchus Hypselocylum zone Kimmeridgian Late Jurassic Beuron, Upper Danube Valley.
  8. Liostrea roemeri (Quenstedt 1843)

    From the album German Gastropods and Bivalves

    8x6x3cm. Kimmeridgian hypselocylum zone Late Jurassic Found in the upper Danube Valley
  9. Lithacosphinctes evolutus (Quenstedt 1888)

    From the album Late Jurassic Ammonites from Southern Germany

    35cm. Early Kimmeridgian From the upper Danube valley.
  10. 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!
  11. Ringstead Bay Dorset find

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

    From the album Sponges

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

    From the album Sponges

    6x6cm. divisum zone Kimmeridgian Late Jurassic Lochen Formation From the Upper Danube Valley near Beuron
  14. 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.
  15. 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)
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. Plesiosaur vertebrae

    From the album Marine reptiles and mammals

    Unidentified plesiosaur vertebrea Jurassic period kimmeridge clay weymouth, Dorset U.K.
  20. 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.
  21. Cylindrophyma milleporata (Goldfuss 1826)

    From the album Sponges

    17x16x13cm. Branching sponge. From the Kimmeridgian in the upper Danube valley.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.