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  1. I was recently asked to do a review on a recently published book about the Fossils of the Alpstein, an area in Switzerland south of the southern shores of the Lake of Constance, where the highest peak is the Säntis. It was of particular interest to me, since it's not all that far away from home and I had already been up that mountain a few times, not realizing that there were fossils to be found there off the beaten path. So, after studying the possibilities given in the book, I settled on a visit to the so-called Kamm Bank, a Member of the Albian/Cenomanian Garschella Formation, where I was hoping to be able to find some of the heteromorph ammonites, Turrilites. I took the cable car up and got out at the 2nd support, from where I was able, with the help of directions given to me by one of the authors, to find the exposure within a half an hour. Here's where I got out. And here's a view of the peak with its picture book folds. I spent a good 4 hours exploring the exposure, which stretched away from the point where I entered it down the hill for quite a distance. It's the darkly colored bank in the middle of the picture below. I got in at the top of it and made my way down to the point where I took the photo. I tried reducing it, but that didn't work at getting the whole picture in, so I had to turn it, otherwise it wouldn't have fit, so please tilt your head to the left. Sorry 'bout that.
  2. We Finally Know How This Ancient Reptile Lived With Such an Absurdly Long Neck By Mike McRae, Field Museum press release link Aquatic Habits and Niche Partitioning in the Extraordinarily Long-Necked TriassicReptile Tanystropheus Spiekman et al., Aquatic Habits and Niche Partitioning  in the Extraordinarily Long-Necked Triassic Reptile, Tanystropheus, Current Biology (2020) PDF Yours, Paul H.
  3. Does anyone know Swiss fossil sites?

    Hey guys, A bit of an unusual post: I’m looking to go hunting in Switzerland since I often stay there but I don’t know any fossil sites. I’m looking for vertebrate sites in Switzerland (like shark teeth) and fossil sites around my area (Valais). If any member knows some sites and have experience , please share, that would be awesome. Thanks for the help and kind regards.
  4. A new paper is available online: Oliver W. M. Rauhut; Femke M. Holwerda; Heinz Furrer (2020). A derived sauropodiform dinosaur and other sauropodomorph material from the Late Triassic of Canton Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Swiss Journal of Geosciences 113 (1): Article number 8. doi:10.1186/s00015-020-00360-8. Schleitheimia is the first latest Norian-Rhaetian sauropodiform to be described from mainland Europe (Camelotia is a sauropodiform, but comes from the British Isles), considering that Triassic sauropodomorph cladistic diversity from Central Europe was thought to be depauperate. Therefore, it is possible that a number of indeterminate sauropodomorph remains from the Late Triassic of Germany or France could be from either Schleitheimia or another massopodan clade, like Riojasauridae or Massospondylidae. The authors of the Schleitmheimia paper also note that Gresslyosaurus ingens is distinct from Schleitheimia, while agreeing with Moser (2003) that Gresslyosaurus is a distinct genus from Plateosaurus.
  5. Shark tooth (?) from Holderbank (CH)

    Hello everybody, could you help me identify this fossil? was found in a quarry in Holderbank, Switzerland. From the information I found it should be sediments from the upper Jurassic. Looking at other photos, it looks like shark's tooth to me, but I'm no expert. If it is shark's tooth, is it possible to trace it back to the species?
  6. Crab Claw Switzerland?

    Hello, Went fossil hunting in a famous Swiss Jurassic Location, the quarry of Liesberg. While cracking some rocks found what seems to be a crab claw. Can anyone help me identifying it? I was not aware such fossils could be found there, is it common or rather rare? Thank you! Cheers, Romain
  7. Swiss Ammonite ID needed

    Hey guys, So a month ago I went on a hike at 3000m of altitude to this fossilferous site near Plaine-Morte, Switzerland. There I found mostly ammonite fragments including : Sowerbiceras, Perisphinctes( Properisphinctes?), Deshayites and a few belemnites (Hibolites?) I contacted a fossil expert on fossils and that knew a lot about fossils from Switzerland and he indicated me the genuses above as well as the age : Upper Jurassic, Oxfordian ( 163-157 mya ) I went back to the same site where I found this almost complete ammonite. I have no idea what it is and don’t really want to disturb this expert again since he is very busy. Do you guys have any idea on what it could be??? It is very interesting indeed, one side is still covered In matrix. Thank you for all imput and don’t hesitate to ask me for more info! Kind regards.
  8. A new Triassic theropod-related paper is available online: Marion Zahner; Winand Brinkmann (2019). A Triassic averostran-line theropod from Switzerland and the early evolution of dinosaurs. Nature Ecology & Evolution. 3. doi:10.1038/s41559-019-0941-z. Notatesseraeraptor is the third European Triassic theropod for which cranial remains are known (the still-to-be-renamed form Zanclodon cambrensis [aka "Newtonsaurus"]), and given the lack of crests as in Dilophosaurus and its placement next to Averostra and Dilophosauridae, it indicates a higher cladistic diversity of early theropods from Late Triassic Europe.
  9. The first week of June I managed to break away from a European excursion with my wife to do a couple hours of collecting in northern Switzerland! We found a boatload of late-Jurassic (Birmenstorf-Member) ammonites and one nice echinoid which should be awesome with some prep! Funny part, on the drive back my wife mentions finding an ammonite that looked like there were nipples on it. Not until we get back to the apartment and start cleaning things off do I discover it was the echinoid she was talking about! *shes a rookie I could use some help with ID confirmation and IDs in general. Taramelliceras callicerum Ochetoceras canaliculatum Paracidaris blumenbachii Trimarginites arolicus (easy because of the grooves on the keel) These have fine ribs, are super thick relative to size but have goniatite type 'sutures' thoughts? (I dont think the far right one is equivalent, i have some other pictures of that one) Assumedly all of these are Perisphinctes, but I cannot tell the difference between all of those ribbed ones to save my life. They may need some prep to help determine Fatter, round keel. Glochiceras? There are quite a few that look like Trimarginites but have smooth keels. Thoughts? Are they just more weathered potentially hiding the grooves on the keel? These, from the paper most closely resemble Glochiceras crenatum but I dont feel like that specimen is closely enough related. I would think those spines along the keep would be easy to ID. One more, its a bid weathered but I figured someone might recognize it. Has some decent sized spines along the edge of the keel (arrows) Euaspidoceras oegir, maybe? Thanks for any help!
  10. Jurassic Gastropod?

    Hi again Is this a (Jurassic) Gastropod? If yes, is it closer determinable? It was found near Herznach in Switzerland.
  11. Hey folks, so I got a package with some various fossils I want to determine now. They were found between Herznach and Hornussen in Switzerland, so supposed to be Jurassic (Middle Jurassic). Following I have some belemnites. From left to right: 1-2: maybe hibolites and belemnopsis? 3: no idea 4-6: are these even belemnites??! 7: no idea what this is Thanks in advance!
  12. https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/lm-pda030119.php
  13. here Megalosauripus transjuranicus ichnosp. nov. A new Late Jurassic theropod ichnotaxon from NW Switzerland and implications for tridactyl dinosaur ichnology and ichnotaxomy Novella L. Razzolini1, Matteo Belvedere2*, Daniel Marty2, GeÂraldine Paratte2, Christel Lovis2, Marielle Cattin2, Christian A. Meyer3 Citation: Razzolini NL, Belvedere M, Marty D, Paratte G, Lovis C, Cattin M, et al. (2017) Megalosauripus transjuranicus ichnosp. nov. A new Late Jurassic theropod ichnotaxon from NW Switzerland and implications for tridactyl dinosaur ichnology and ichnotaxomy. PLoS ONE 12(7): e0180289. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal. pone.0180289 Editor: Anthony Fiorillo, Perot Museum size: 16,3 MB
  14. Visiting the Messel Pit

    Hi All, The family and I are heading to Europe next year, and as part of the trip we will be in Frankfurt and will visit the Senckenberg (I went 3 years ago and fully geeked out!). While there we are planning a trip to the Messel Pit. If anyone has any tips to get the most of the visit to the Pit, or any other sites near Frankfurt that are worth visiting then I'd love to hear about them. We will also be going to Innsbruck and Basel (Switzerland), so if anyone knows of any good locations to visit then I'd also love to hear about them. Also, it would probably be good to know about the laws regarding fossils, etc, in these countries - so if anyone knows I'd really appreciate it. Brett.
  15. Eosemionotus sp.

    The Prosanto Fm. is a " Small lagoonal basin [pool] in the intertidal platform of the Vallatscha Fm. with anoxic bottom waters. Agitated surface waters deposit tempestite layers as well as mud, which forms very regular drapes." Furrer et al. 1985. Currently, a manuscript is being published describing three more new species of the genus Eosemionotus. Dr. Adriana Lopez-Arbarello (Munich) is in charge of this work. Lit.: T. Buergin et al.: The Prosanto Formation - a middle Triassic fossil Lagerstatte of the Silvretta Nappe (Graubünden Canton, Switzerland) with a rich ichthyofauna. January 1991, Eclogae Geologicae Helvetiae 84(3):921-990
  16. Ammonite fragments ID

    Hi everyone! Today I went hiking with my friend at 3000m+, The location I went hiking in is very near a place where I heard you can find ammonites and belemnites. I pulled this rock out of a boulder with many layers of slate in and found a partial piece of an ammonite. I was wondering if anyone out there can recognise the specie and the period? I found it in Switzerland, near a Glacier called « Plaine Morte » The first 2 pictures is the one I found and the second 2 is the one my friend gave to me (which he had found less than a km away from that location) Any help would be welcome Thanks so much! (Tell me if you need more pics)
  17. Fossils from Pilatus mountain

    Dear TFF members, I have just returned from the trip to Austria and Swizterland and I need help in identifying the ones I found on the top of Pilatus mountain. From what I've read, Pilatus is made of Cretaceous rocks. To me they look like some sort of microfossils - I'm afraid I cannot take any more detailed photos with my camera, but I hope someone here will be able to make out what it is anyway
  18. Hello everyone, If there is one of you a collector of brachiopods. I have some brachiopods to exchange (see photos below). Precise fossil finds are provided with the shipments. I still have some other fossils to exchange. I'll put the pictures later. I am mainly looking for brachiopods from any time and the whole geographical area. Please pay attention to postal charges for international shipments. Although for few parcels it is not too high. We must keep in mind. That I live in Switzerland. If you are interested in letting me know. Best regards. Here is the list: Dictyothyropsis runcinata, Middle Oxfordian, Canton Aargau, Switzerland Argovithyris biremsdorfensis, Middle Oxfordian, Canton Aargau, Switzerland Zittelina orbis, Middle Oxfordian, Canton Aargau, Switzerland Digonella divionensis, Lower Callovian, Department of Côte-d'Or, France ( To finish cleaning) Musculina sanctaecrucis, Hauterivien, Canton Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  19. Eosemionotus sp.

    From the album Vertebrates

    Eosemionotus sp. Prosanto Formation Middle Triassic Davos Switzerland
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  21. Is this a fossil, and if so of what?

    I found this in Jura, Switzerland, near Courtedoux, about a kilometre from one of the sites where dinosaur tracks were discovered in 2002 (https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-us/dinosaur-traces-courtedoux.html). I was wondering whether it was a fossil of something, and if so of what?
  22. Dino tooth?

    I've found this small tooth (1 cm (0.4 in) long) in the Jura Mountains (Switzerland). Can somebody help me identify this fossil? Thank you!
  23. Creniceras renggeri

    From the album Fossils from Switzerland

    A 1.7 cm long Creniceras renggeri from the "Renggeri-Ton" from a quarry near Liesberg (Switzerland). This ammonite gave the layer its name.
  24. Properisphinctes bernensis

    From the album Fossils from Switzerland

    A 6 cm long Properisphinctes bernensis from a quarry near Liesberg (Switzerland). The ammonite is from the "Rengerri-Ton", where you can find nice pyritized ammonites. This is the biggest one I have from there !
  25. Properisphinctes bernensis

    From the album Fossils from Switzerland

    A 2.5 cm long Properisphinctes bernensis from a abandoned quarry near Liesberg (Switzerland). The ammonite is from the "Rengerri-Ton", where you can find nice pyritized ammonites, although its not easy and they are often very small..