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Found 55 results

  1. Mammal vertebra from the ZM

    Hi all, I found this fossil vertebra near the Zandmotor (Netherlands) last weekend. It's from the last Ice Age, late Pleistocene (around 40'000 years old). There is the possibility that it is middle Pleistocene (around 600'000 years old), but that possibility is very slim. So it's (most likely) a fossil vertebra from one of the typical megafaunal Ice Age critters that roamed Europe alongside the mammoths, woolly rhino's, etc. For now, I am thinking it could be from some deer species, but I am really not sure. What are your thoughts? Thanks in advance, Max
  2. Hi all, Last weekend, there was an excursion organized by the Paleobiologische Kring (a fossil club here in the Netherlands) on the Zandmotor. As you know I had already been quite a lot of times on the Zandmotor, because it is my usual spot. But seeing that a few of my contacts, namely a fossil friend I had met at a fair, Thijs, as well as the curator of the natural history museum in Rotterdam Bram Langeveld (that I know pretty well), were going to the trip, I decided to join in just for the fun of hunting with others. Turns out that was a really smart decision, because their company brought me a lot of luck! The day started off with a small lecture by Bram about the Zandmotor and the finds that can be made there. For most people it was their first time on the Zandmotor, so the lecture was pretty useful for them. Then after that, we went onto the beach to start finding some fossils ourselves. We went from the south side of the beach (Monster), whereas I usually always come from the north side (Kijkduin) as it is closer to my house. The weather was absolutely ideal for fossil hunting. Not cold, but not very warm either. Very little wind, blue sky, few clouds, perfect. During the trip, nearly everyone was looking for mammal (mammoth and other megafaunal Ice Age species) bones. I was, along with two or three others, the only one also looking for shells. As soon as I got onto the beach, I already found a nice partial Mactra glauca, a pretty rare species. A good start already! It didn't take long before some people found mammoth bone fragments. During the hunt, I talked quite a lot to other hunters, especially to Bram and the other shell hunter. Very interesting discussions, I learned a lot of new little details about shell identification. Meanwhile, I was finding some of the most incredible fossil shells! Species that would normally be a trip-maker I found several of, and some beyond-rare species also flashed under my eyes. It was unbelievable how much I was finding! At the end of the hunt, because we went back to the starting point (south side), after having said bye to the others, I had to walk all the way to the north side, so I spent some more time looking, and that revealed even more finds. I couldn't believe how much I was finding! The sun was setting at the time I just left the beach, and that's also when the clouds started to thicken: While walking along the bike path towards the parking where my dad was waiting to pick me up, I made one last very surprising and definitely fun find: a great mammal vertebra! Just laying there on the side of the bike path in plain view. It was pretty sun-bleached, so it must have sat there for quite some time. I was surprised that no one had noticed it before me, but didn't complain either. I suppose another hunter had found it and accidentally left it there? Regardless, it was a fantastic way to finish up this incredible hunt. Apart from the sunset pic above, I didn't take any location (or in-situ) pics during the hunt. If you want to see some more pictures (and finds) from this location you can search the forum for "Zandmotor"; this should bring up some results of the trip reports I've previously made of some of my hunts (I only make trip reports of my most successful/interesting ZM hunts).
  3. Last week I was on holiday in the Netherlands and found some nice things, especially shark teeth ! I was at the area of Antwerp, in Cadzand, in Vlissingen and at the Zandmotor near Den Haag. In this topic I want to show my finds from my visit at the Zandmotor. The Zandmotor is artificial peninsula, constructed as part of the Dutch coastal defense system. The sand originates from about 10 kilometers offshore, and contains bones of various land mammals from the Quaternary period. On my visit I found some bone fragments, two shark teeth and some more things .... Here are two pictures of the found location: Firstly I want to show my best bone from there. Its an 4 cm long Phalanx and I have no idea from which animal it comes from. I hoped that I would find some more bones and maybe even a mammal tooth but maybe next time Then secondly I was very happy about my two shark teeth I found because they seem to be very rare there. Although they are quite worn The first one is 3 cm long: And the second one is 2 cm long and damaged on the other side: Another very common find there are fish vertebrae. The ones I found: They are not big (the biggest one is 2.5 cm long) Furthermore I found a beautiful tooth plate (?) of a fish: (3.6 cm long) And last but not least two Pectenids: Some more reports will follow (maybe in other threads...) Hope you enjoyed my pictures and thanks for viewing !!!
  4. An afternoon on the Zandmotor

    Hi all, So on Tuesday afternoon, I was lucky enough to only have a half day of school. Seeing that the weather was nice, and that I had nothing else to do except go home, I decided to take the bus in the other direction, so to Kijkduin, in order to do some fossil hunting! I bought a sandwich and a chocolate bar at the Shell gas station, and set out on the beach. From the beach of Kijkduin I walked south, so towards the Zandmotor, while of course looking for fossils. View of the beach (mind that the sea is on the right side, on the left side it's just a small lagoon), with the haven of Rotterdam in the background. View of the beach with Kijkduin, and then Scheveningen, in the background. (Sorry for the blurriness...)
  5. Bivalve from the Zandmotor

    Hi all, Found this on the Zandmotor, Netherlands. Most likely from the Eem Formation, Eemian, Pleistocene; 120'000 years old. Though most of it is not there, enough of it is present (such as the umbo, and one full side (which allows us to see what the general shape and size would be)) to be identified. I am thinking that it may be Politiapes ruditapes, but that is a wild guess. What do you guys think it is? Thanks in advance! Max
  6. Ostrea, but what species?

    Hi all, What species of Ostrea do you think this is? My first thought was O. edulis, but I am wondering if it maybe isn't O. ventilabrum after all. In fact, how exactly can you differentiate the two different species? It was found on the Zandmotor, Netherlands. Most of the shells found here are (apart from modern) from the Eem Formation, Eemian, Pleistocene; 120'000 years old. And it would be this old if it is an O. edulis (which is a very common species). But maybe it is the rarer Eocene O. ventilabrum? I know that they do occur here too, but I never know how to tell them apart from O. edulis. Looking forward to hearing your answers! Max
  7. Rough cockle

    This is a nice rough cockle from the Zandmotor. Quite a common species.
  8. Surf clam

    A surf clam from the Zandmotor. These are incredibly common and pretty much litter the beach. Edit: I used to think that these were Mactra plistoneerlandica, aka Mactra stultorum plistoneerlandica, but didn't realize my mistake till recently.
  9. Carpet shell

    This is a nice fossil of the carpet shell. At first, this species, Venerupis senescens, was used as a guide fossil for the Eemian, the last interglacial age (so whenever paleontologists would find this species in a new location, they would know that they all the other fossils of the location are also Eemian). But this was later proven to be wrong.
  10. Which formation?

    Hi all, I have a question for you guys... But I wouldn't be too surprised if you don't know the answer. Well, as a few of you know, my local hunting spot is the Zandmotor, a beach extension in the south of The Hague. You can find some of my finds here: Well, I find many bivalves and gastropods here, that are from the Eemian stage of the Pleistocene (130'000 - 115'000 years ago). Those shells (like the other fossils found on the Zandmotor) are from pits in the North Sea. Those pits are very rich in fossils, and when boats come to bring the sand onto the beach, the fossils are taken along. So the shells here are the same as those found in Maasvlakte 2 or in Hoek van Holland (two other fossil hotspots similar to the Zandmotor), just like on any Zuid-Holland beach. And I was wondering, does anyone know what formation these shells are from? I know that here in the collections, putting in "Pleistocene sediments" is good enough, but I would like to know if this is really the formation they are in. Thanks in advance for your help! Best regards, Max
  11. Scaphopod

    From the album @Max-fossils 's Zandmotor Finds

    A scaphopod, or tusk shell, fossil found on the Zandmotor. From the Eemian of the late Pleistocene (approx 120'000 years old). My first personal find of a scaphopod fossil!

    © Max Dereme

  12. Tusk shell

    A scaphopod, or tusk shell, fossil. Found on the Zandmotor beach (artificial beach extension). From the Eemian age of the late Pleistocene (approx 120'000 years old). My first personal scaphopod find
  13. Weird armor-like thing

    Hi all, Found this 2 days ago on the Zandmotor (Netherlands). I have no clue what it is... Anyone know what it could be from? Thanks in advance, Max
  14. Hi all, I found this fossil oyster (Ostrea edulis) two days ago on the Zandmotor (Netherlands). It's from the Eemian stage of the Pleistocene (120'000 years old). What made me pick up this oyster was its really weird feature. In the inside, this looks like a normal oyster: But when you turn it around, you can see that this oyster had a really rough time! Part of it is completely crushed, pushed in. And there are weird lines on it too. Now of course, the first idea that came onto my mind was that this oyster got crushed when it got pumped out of the sea and thrown onto the beach. But this wouldn't really work, because if you apply just a bit of force anywhere on a fossil oyster, it will easily break/snap. It won't get a new shape. And I have no clue what might have made those weird lines on it. Therefore, I ask your opinion: what do you think happened to this oyster for it to become crushed (but not break), and have those weird lines? Looking forward to some interesting theories! Max More photos:
  15. Scaphopod: species?

    Hi all, Two days ago, during my hunt on the Zandmotor, I found my first scaphopod!!! Is the species Antalis vulgaris, or is it another one? Found on the Zandmotor (Netherlands), from the Eemian stage of the Pleistocene (120'000 years old). Thanks in advance, Max
  16. Fish tooth?

    Hi all, I found this really weird thing two days ago on the Zandmotor (Netherlands). I think it's some kind of fish tooth, because (even though they don't look like each other) I think it might have had the same function as the Eotrigonodon fish teeth. Most of the fossils from the Zandmotor are Pleistocene, but sometime Eocene fossils show up (such as shark teeth). So it could be either. The thing is 3 mm long. Anyways, do you also agree with fish tooth? If yes, any clue on the species? Thanks in advance, Max
  17. Big bone piece

    Hi all, I found this big piece of bone yesterday on the Zandmotor (Netherlands) (Pleistocene). Most probably from a large mammal. Anyone know what part of the body it might be, and from what animal? Thanks in advance, Max
  18. Tiny little bone

    Hi all, Here is a tiny piece of bone I found on the Zandmotor (Netherlands) (Pleistocene). Do you know what part of the skeleton it might have come from, and from what animal? For now I'm thinking mouse... I can take closeups if needed. Thanks in advance, Max
  19. Big rib (?) piece

    Hi all, Here is a piece of bone, and I think it's part of a big rib (this being the part connecting the rib to the spinal column). It comes from the Zandmotor (NL), which is known for its numerous remains of mammal fossils from the late Pleistocene (40'000 years ago) (mammoth, cave lion, jaguar, dire wolf, woolly rhino, etc). Anyone know from what animal it might have come from? Thanks in advance, Max
  20. Sting winkle

    From the album @Max-fossils 's Zandmotor Finds

    A broken but still rare find of the European sting winkle, Ocenebra erinacea.
  21. Carpet shell

    From the album @Max-fossils 's Zandmotor Finds

    A cool and good size Venerupis senescens, common name carpet shell.
  22. Partial rib

    From the album @Max-fossils 's Zandmotor Finds

    A small piece of what would have been a rib of a big mammal.
  23. Shark tooth

    From the album @Max-fossils 's Zandmotor Finds

    My first shark tooth found on the Zandmotor, from the Eocene. Unfortunately, it's too worn to give it a species name.
  24. Necklace shell from the Zandmotor

    Hi all, Is this a fossil necklace shell (Euspira catena)? I'm not really convinced with this ID... I found it on the Zandmotor (NL), and it's 120'000 years old (middle Pleistocene). I can get close-ups if needed. Thanks! Max
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