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Tidgy's Dad

Amazing.

An interesting experiment and a fruitful one. 

Some of the photographs are stunning. 

I love that huge Favosites too. :wub:

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Phevo

Thanks for the trip report

 

Southern Germany is amazing for it's abundancy in different Sites and ages

 

Have you tried cutting and polishing any of those favosites? 

 

Best Regards 

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RuMert

Nice to find 3 time periods in 10km range with such picturesque atmosphere. Fossil hunting at its finest.

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Ludwigia

Great thread! Thanks for showing us all this Franz!

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caldigger

I can almost see Julie Andrews spinning around on this hilltop!  :)

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Monica

Nice fossils, Franz!  Your gastropods are especially beautiful :wub:

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Monica
1 minute ago, caldigger said:

I can almost see Julie Andrews spinning around on this hilltop!  :)

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The hills are alive...with the sound of Franz digging for fossils :P

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Tidgy's Dad
2 hours ago, caldigger said:

I can almost see Julie Andrews spinning around on this hilltop!  :)

She'd better spin slowly, she is 84 after all. 

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caldigger
11 hours ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

She'd better spin slowly, she is 84 after all. 

You're right, we don't want Maria breaking a hip or something! :o

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andreas
On 23.11.2019 at 1:18 PM, caldigger said:

I can almost see Julie Andrews spinning around on this hilltop!  :)

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Julie was spinning around on the other side of the Alps:) I exactly know the meadow where she did. It is near of my favorite hunting grounds on the "Mons Tuval"(name giving location for the Upper Triassic, Tuvalian stage) but I guess she never expected to dance/spinn her into a fossil forum.:)

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Shamalama

Thanks for the great fossil trip report! It is very rare to be able to hit three productive sites from three different eras so close together. But then the melange of the Alps does provide opportunities.

 

I especially like the Vitta picta gastropod as that is wonderfully decorated. I like the blue-green polished Favosites/Stromatoporid as well.

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fifbrindacier
On 22/11/2019 at 3:46 PM, FranzBernhard said:

Specimens from Waldhof after cleaning and minimal prep:

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This name is mentioned in the paper from 2001.

 

St. Bartholomä - 80 Million years

The Campanian St. Bartholomä-formation is the “hard” formation – hard to pick up good specimens. I had about 1 hour left and decided to try my luck at the spot of my very last good find east of Kalchberg:

St. Bartholomä - Point 25 - 09/24/2019

I dug in the scree below the “Knödelbrekzie” for about 1 hour, as usual with bare hands. The result was quite good, I found about 5 Ok rudist specimens during that time.

 

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Dig site after 1 hour of digging. To the left the waste pile, in the middle the specimens. At the upper right the outcrop of “Knödelbrekzie” at a distance of about 2.5 m.

 

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“Rat hole” after my digging with the fossils I took with me.

 

The best hippuritid specimen of this day. Its just a fragment, but it has exposed pillars at both ends:
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In conclusion, it was possibly to collect the most abundant marine fossils west of Graz (395, 80 and 15 Million years old) within a little less than 4 hours. Sure, you have to know, where to go…;)

Thanks for all your interest and patience!
Franz Bernhard

I love those gastropods

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fifbrindacier
On 23/11/2019 at 7:48 AM, FranzBernhard said:

@Tidgy's Dad, @Phevo, @RuMert, @Ludwigia.

Thanks so much for all your kind words and all your appreciation! Yes, I am a lucky fossil guy :).

 

 

Yes. Here is one from Ölberg:

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You will find 3 more polished Favosites in this thread (end of page 1 and page 2), and also some other polished fossils from the Plabutsch-formation:

 

Contrast is usually very poor, very rarely specimen get somewhat "colorfull" like this one:

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Franz Bernhard

Nice colors !

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FranzBernhard

@Monica, @Shamalama, @fifbrindacier,

thank you very much for all your kind words.

Yes, I knew it, there are some gastropod-lovers out there :dinothumb:.

Franz Bernhard

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Al Tahan

Love your posts franz. So thorough. I should really get my exploration groove going again...maybe one more trip before winter takes permanent hold. I get inspired by your quality research and results :rolleyes:

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jpc

What a fun trip.  Thanks for taking us along.  I love the colors preserved in some of the gastropods.  

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FranzBernhard
On 27.11.2019 at 12:08 PM, Al Tahan said:

Love your posts franz. So thorough.

Thanks for your kind words!

On 27.11.2019 at 12:08 PM, Al Tahan said:

maybe one more trip before winter takes permanent hold.

Yeah, I am eagerly waiting for your next trip report. So different to my hunting and I am always learning something new from your trips.

 

On 27.11.2019 at 6:37 PM, jpc said:

I love the colors preserved in some of the gastropods.

Ah, another gastropod lover ;). Thanks also for your kind words!

Franz Bernhard

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