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Found 4 results

  1. Leaf fossil from Svalbard

    Hi all, would appreciate some help identifying these plants from Svalbard, near Longyearbyen. To my understanding they are from a rock layer about 40 million years old. Thanks, Jay #1
  2. Dinosaur Skin Inprint?

    Hallo, Does anyone know what this might be? I am hoping for a dinosaur skin inprint. :-) This was found on Svalbard on a spot where I also found bones from Plesiosaurs and Ichthyosaur. I am grateful for any help. Thanks! /Malin
  3. My son returned from Svalbard (400 miles N of Norway) last month and today he presented me with this "rock", and asked me if it was a fossil. He said he found it along a mixed field of glacial morraine, in one of the rare non-protected areas where rock hunting is permitted, close to Longyearbyen in Spitzbergen. He mentioned that there were no other "rocks" similar to this in the area he explored. The "rock" measures 3 1/4" wide, 2" long, and 1" thick and is rather hefty at 0.6 pounds. The hexagon pattern and the very smooth sides are quite unexpected to me. At first glance I thought some kind of bryzoa. Then I noticed the overall shape was clam-shell like. Under a magnifying glass I then thought it may not be a fossil, since I couldn't find anything beyond the general hex pattern . My son thinks it looks bone-like, but it is rather dense/heavy. Then we thought perhaps meteorite material. It's definitely a nice "rock" and am happy to have it as a gift. But does anyone have any insight as to what it may be? Thanks.
  4. Hi everyone ! Just discovered this forum and thought I should give it a go regarding identifying some trace fossils. I am currently working with the sedimentology of the Upper Triassic on Svalbard and in the Norwegian Barents Sea. Several trace fossils has been observed in the field and it would of course help a lot to identify them when it comes to the sedimentological interpretation. So, feel free to comment. - Picture 1 shows a vertical 'tube' burrow in a heterolithic setting (mud + sand). The preliminary interpretation is that it was deposited in the offshore-transition zone. Could also have been in a shallower pro-delta environment. Could it be Skolithos, or is it to 'wiggly' and thick? - Picture 2 shows a similar trace fossil (same facies as described above). - Picture 3 also shows one or two vertical burrows (same facies as described above). - Picture 4 shows some apparently vertical traces (same facies as described above). - Picture 5 shows a vertical trace found in a flaser heterolithic setting (90% sand + 10% mud). As you can see, it cuts through the layers and bends them a bit downwards. Preliminary interpretation is a tidal sand flat. - Picture 6 and 7 shows some thick horizontal burrows. Found in a 1 m thick sandstone with hummocky cross stratification and wave ripple cross lamination. Preliminary interpretation is a lower shoreface setting. Could it be Rhizocorallium? Cheers!
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