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Manticocerasman posted a topic in Fossil Hunting TripsThis Christmas I spent 4 days of fossil hunting with my girlfriend on the French coast. The planning was 2 days in Normandy at the "Vaches Noires" cliffs in villers sur mer and one day at Cap blanc Nez near Calais ( we finally extended the trip with one extra day near Boulogne sur mer ) Day 1: The first day we got at Villers sur mer after a 4h drive from home. Once at the cliffs we had to wait a little while since the tide wasn't low enough, but the beginning of the cliffs were already accessible. The fossil fauna was very variable, we found echinoid spines, echinoids, gastropods, bivalves ( lots of oysters like rastellum ) , ammonites ( mostly fragments ), brachiopods... Our best find of the day was a complete Cardioceras sp. Day 2 started with a visit to the local museum. in the afternoon we got back to the beach. Natalie found 2 ammonites, one of them was a really nice Euaspidoceras. On day 3 we went back North to Boulogne sur mer, here we looked through late Jurassic deposits. Day 4: The last day of our field trip, we visited the late cretaceous of "Cap Blanc Nez"
I've spent 4 days with my girlfriend hunting for fossils in Normandy and northern France for Christmas, we were bound to the tides for access to the fossiliferous beaches, so the Sunday morning during high tide we made a visit to the local museum in Villers sur Mer. I was surprised at the quality of this museum and the effort given for the local fossil fauna, especially the invertebrates, I can recommend this museum to anyone visiting that area. Enjoy the pictures: and the compulsory souvenir shop
I don't go in for the auctions all that often, but I just couldn't resist the starting price for this one and I managed to get it for a reasonable price. Just arrived with the post today. An Euaspidoceras douvillei from the lower Oxfordian at Villers-sur-Mer, Normandy. The inner whorls are missing, but the lovely spines more than make up for that.
Les Vaches Noires is a french famous hunting spot, well known for its Callovian and Oxfordian clays. Some really nice stuff has been found there end of 2016, including croc bones and teeth and plesiosaur bones. Unfortunately, I diddnt got the opportunity to go hunt there during that time. My fist opening windows was during february high tide but i didnt manage to find any reptile stuff. heres a link to the flickr album of this hunt : https://flic.kr/s/aHsktr4d4K So here a global picture of the site. Either you hunt at the bottom of the cliff or on the beach when the clay layer isnt covered by sand. On the left :the beach layer as the tide covering it back : A few in situ pictures : wood (unfortunately most of time hard to preserve) Ammonites (same, depending on the layer they belong to, they often cant be saved) A pyritized small one in situ and a few gastropods (those can be find by dozens in certain layers) Despite i didnt any reptile stuff, the hunt after cleaning appeared to be quite good. some snarge nicely preserved gastropods and bivalves. Here's an appetizer and one of the catch of the day: Gastropod "Pleurotomaria munsterii" with a crinoid article on it : Regards