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Found 13 results

  1. Almost micro 2

    Hi all! Today I'd like to introduce you to another place to hunt for small Oxfordian fossils, a quarry by the village of Timonino, located to the east of Moscow. The finds and hunting method are pretty much the same as in the previous site. Basically, surface collecting small Oxfordian fossils, usually gastropods, is a distinct sort of fossil hunting in the Moscow region. To the east of the city lies a sort of "Oxfordian belt" with similar geologic setting, finds and hunting conditions. Here's a map of the Oxfordian sites in the region. The quarries in operation are marked in blue, they usually extract older layers, thus removing Oxfordian clay and stacking it in spoil piles. Fossils can then be collected from the piles' surface. Due to specific conditions, ammonites are not preserved at all, but bivalves and gastropods retain a very good quality. People usually search for the latter. Most such quarries are located around the city of Kolomna, including Peski quarry I've already presented. Shchyolkovo quarry (in brown) is out of operation and completely flooded, but there are a couple of tiny clay patches with mostly belemnites. A group of sites marked in orange are located on the Moskva river bank and accessible only in winter (focus of the Frozen fossils topic), the hunting season is about to resume. They are also Oxfordian with the same set of gastropods, but also well-preserved ammonites everybody looks for. Timonino quarry is an isolated site with conditions similar to Kolomna's. Unlike the latter, it strangely extracts white Bathonian clay instead of limestone. The quarry came in operation just a few years ago and ultimately became popular among fossil collectors. Going forward I can say its reputation is greatly exaggerated.
  2. Hi everybody! Today I’ll show you yet another distinct fossil hunting location within the city limits. It’s situated in the south-east in the direct vicinity of the Moscow ring road (city and regional border). The outcrops are located on the banks of the shallow Shmelovka (Shmelyevka) river, effectively a small fordable creek.
  3. Jurassic fish (?) tooth for ID

    Hi, what do you think of this tooth? It's of round section (at the base), has carinae, rooted probably. Possible ID: Eutrichiurides, Lepisosteus or maybe something like croc? Middle Tithonian, Jurassic, Moscow, Russia (marine environment). 7 mm length. Provenance is not crucial, IMHO, if you have something similar, for example, from Dorset, please let me know. "frontal" view round base "side view", carinae a "head" is visible here, it was probably the part that stuck out of the jaw view from above, sorry for blurriness
  4. Hi all! Following the first topic I'll show you another fossil layer in that same location, Epivirgatites nikitini ammonite zone. It's the lowest of the three layers in Fili Park, relates to the middle Tithonian (Volgian, upper Jurassic) and is known for big ammonites and vertebrate remains. It's the last remaining accessible site in the region where you can count on finding Jurassic vertebrates. The finds are stable, but small, scarce and involve sifting.
  5. Unknown Russian echinoid

    What do you think it is? The definition I got on the local forum is "conditionally classified as Plegiocidaris" Guides/handbooks on Moscow Mezozoic (unfortunately mostly outdated) list 5 genera: Echinobrissus, Rhabdocidaris, Acrocidaris, Holectypus and Cidaris. For this and neighboring stratigraphic zones Echinobrissus and Rhabdocidaris only, mainly the latter. Both are defined by spines, sometimes isolated plates
  6. Almost micro

    Hi everyone! Oxfordian again This time it's the turn of small shells from Peski Quarry, located some 80 km south-east of Moscow. It's something like the Moscow region's Jurassic gastropod heaven. For some geologic reasons, ammonites do not get preserved there while little gastropods and bivalves do. It's also the only place dinosaurs were found in the Moscow region. As of today the continental sediments are depleted, but the marine ones are stil abundant. The quarry extracts Carboniferous limestone, removing Callovian marl and Oxfordian clay. The clay is then discharged in open piles - small shells of exceptional quality are washed up during rains. Below are pictures from two trips: one in winter (with snow) and one recently. To get to the Jurassic part of the quarry fastest you have to go through woods along a small river:
  7. Hi all! A bit of development to the Frozen fossils topic. It's the same Moskva river Bronnitsy Oxfordian, but some 5km upstream, where you can find a bit younger layer of Amoeboceras serratum ammonites (earlier it was Amoeboceras alternoides layer/zone). The difference is mainly in the keel, it's less pronounced. The layer is accessible only in winter. Dont expect it to be breathtaking, the preservation is unfortunately worse and the fossils are more scarce. The shore:
  8. I follow the Moskva...

    ...Down to Gorky( Brateyevsky) park... Hi all! It is time to introduce you to the famous Panderi zone of the Moscow fossils. It is named after Dorsoplanites panderi ammonite (middle Volgian/Tithonian, Upper Jurassic), which in turn got its name from Heinz Christian Pander. It consists of numerous cast iron-like (black, heavy, solid but fragile) separate concretions containing mostly ammonites and bivalves. The fossils from the Panderi layer are grim, black, rough and depressive (in line with this winter).The zone is present throughout Moscow but becomes most accessible in the south-east. There are at least 5 spots along the river where you can collect them.
  9. Frozen Fossils

    Hello, everybody! Today I will present you an unusual way of fossil hunting, popular in Moscow - digging ammonites from under the snow! You'd expect that, wouldn't you? Well, it doesnt always involve snow (but often does), especially this year when we don't have it yet, but the site I will be talking about is available only in winter. The Moskva river level is intentionally dropped for "winter navigation" which typically happens at the end of November. Places located underwater become available which is also the case for Markovo foreshore situated some 40km to the south-east of Moscow. The site is famous for Oxfordian ammonites of great preservation quality. Descent to the river. In summer the water level is hiigh enough to reach the pier.
  10. Hi all, In continuation of Ludwigia's topic I'll show you another example of "fossil biking" along with some info on Moscow fossils. There's a dozen of spots within the city limits where you can at least try to find some fossils, one of them being Fili Park . It's an Upper Jurassic formation, similar to the one described here as in those times Moscow region lied on the bottom of the same shallow sea as the Volga basin. The difference is that in Moscow Upper Tithonian (Volgian) is better represented. The quality of the finds is unfortunately much worse. Fili Park is situated on the right bank of river Moscow (Moskva) not far from the city center. Its a narrow band of forest with a steep slope towards the river. The pace is well-known among Moscow paleontologists to the extent that somebody said "everyone starts with Fili". I did not start with Fili and actually learned about its existence (fossil-wise) not long ago. I was surprised that you could easily find Jurassic material near the center of the megapolis (something along the lines of fossil hunting in NYC Central Park) and the fact that ammonite nacre was well preserved. I decided to give the place a go. And use a bike as the fossils spots are a long walk from the entrance. Here Fili district is outlined in red.
  11. On April 20, 2019, a free paleontological excursion took place under the working title “Moscow Sea”. The weather was wonderful. +12 degrees clear. As a result, no one left without finds: ammonites (whole and fragments), belemnites, brachiopods and bivalves were found. My fees for the tour: a book on paleontology in Moscow and Moscow region, posters and demonstration materials, equipment for video shooting. Additionally, he grabbed PVA glue to process valuable finds immediately on the spot. After collecting at the Pionerskaya metro station, we headed to Filevsky Park. Next was a brief lecture on the history of the Earth, safety and that can be found. And here we finally went to the "ammonite stream." The group immediately began to search. Someone was washing the soil through the sieves brought from the house, someone had bit into the clay of the Jurassic period with the help of sapper blades. And the finds were not long in coming. Just a few minutes later, one of the participants of the excursion found a small but pretty brachiopod Rhynchonella. The find belongs to the Jurassic period, its age is about 150 million years. A cute Russiella brachiopod, something similar to the May beetle in a good preservation. Slightly above is a fragment of the shell of the same Russiella, on which the lock is clearly visible - the same shell structure feature that distinguishes brachiopod from bivalves.
  12. Greenops Trilobite

    From the album Middle Devonian

    Greenops sp. (trilobite-complete: pygidium folded under) Middle Devonian Moscow Formation Hamilton Group Deep Springs Road Quarry Lebanon, NY
  13. Greenops Trilobite

    From the album Middle Devonian

    Greenops sp. (trilobite cephalon/thorax) Middle Devonian Moscow Formation Hamilton Group Deep Springs Road Quarry Lebanon, NY
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