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Late Devonian fieldtrip

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Manticocerasman

Last weekend was a fieldtrip to my usual spot :D the late Devonian in the area of Chimay in Belgium.

And of course hunting for the prized cephalopods.

 

Althoug the usual deposits are depleted due to the activity in the quarry, there are now new deposits that can be prospected.

A lot of Matagne formation is now exposed, here a lot of small but wel presereved fossils can be found :) , mainly brachiopods, but in the correct layer and with a little patience a few pyritized cephalopods can be discovered, mainly: Bactrites sp. , multiple kinds of Gephuroceratina ( Manticoceras..) and Tornoceras.

 

The day was cold, rainy and even a few snowflakes, but it was wel worth the trouble.

 

Thx to Anthonie Hellemond  (President Belgian Paleontological Association 2018)  for the pictures in the field ( and the extra goniatites )

 

 

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Bactrites: 

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Manticoceras on bottom and a little Tornoceras on top.

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Oh and in contrast to all the little pyritised fellows there was this one ( also credits to Anthonie for the discovery )

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It wil take a while to prep ....

 

 

Cheers,

:ammonite01: Manticocerasman :ammonite01:

 

 

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Kane

Very nice trip and great finds. The darker coloured matrix certainly makes the pyritized cephs "pop"! Have you managed to encounter any trilobites there, or at least bits?

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MeargleSchmeargl

Some of those Cephalopods and Ammonites look like they were preserved in a metal coat! Really cool! :ammonite01:

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Manticocerasman
11 minutes ago, Kane said:

Very nice trip and great finds. The darker coloured matrix certainly makes the pyritized cephs "pop"! Have you managed to encounter any trilobites there, or at least bits?

No trilobites here. In al the years I ve been there i've only seen 2 pygidiums. 

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FossilDAWG

Those are really beautiful! :wub: For some reason the Belgian Devonian has a much more diverse ammonoid fauna than corresponding formations in North America.  If I had a place to collect such fossils I think I'd call in sick to work several times a week.

 

Don

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Tidgy's Dad

How beautiful. 

That pyritized bactrites is to die for! :envy:

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Foozil

very nice! I really wish I had places like that near me, I love cephalopods. 

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Fossildude19

Truly drool worthy finds, Kevin! :drool:

Thanks for posting these. 

Love the pyritized goniatites.

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jpc

Ooooohhhhh..... those are way cool.  

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Ludwigia

:wub::wub:

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Peat Burns

Oh boy... What a treat. Thanks for sharing 

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Nimravis

Great trip report and love the pics of the fossils- very cool.

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Jeffrey P

Looks like you had an amazing time. I could taste those pyrite preserved bactrites and goniatites. Delicious finds. Wish I could have been there to. Great report and gorgeous pics. Thanks for sharing and congratulations. 

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Manticocerasman

Thank you for al the replies.

 

I have a presentation coming up tomorrow on those cephalopods for my local paleontology club. I'm starting to get nervous :wacko:. wish me luck :)

 

 

 

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Ludwigia

Good luck. You'll do just fine. Just remind yourself beforehand that you'll do the best you can to give your colleagues a nice experience.

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MeargleSchmeargl
5 hours ago, Manticocerasman said:

Thank you for al the replies.

 

I have a presentation coming up tomorrow on those cephalopods for my local paleontology club. I'm starting to get nervous :wacko:. wish me luck :)

 

 

 

Wish I was in your shoes. I absolutely love presenting (especially stuff like this, which I'm of course passionate about). Go get 'em tiger!:hammer01:

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thair

Those are cool 

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ynot

Wonderful finds.

Good luck with the presentation.

Thanks for sharing these beautiful shells.

Do they come out of the ground with the bright sheen?

Do You seal them to prevent oxidation?

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doushantuo

anybody interested in two used retinas?

Btw,in the first pic there's a suspicious-looking individual handling some Belgian Devonian.

I'd report him to the police ASAP :ninja:B)

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Manticocerasman
3 hours ago, ynot said:

Wonderful finds.

Good luck with the presentation.

Thanks for sharing these beautiful shells.

Do they come out of the ground with the bright sheen?

Do You seal them to prevent oxidation?

They do come out wih the bright sheen, especially on a rainy day when the dust is washed away.

 

I haven't sealed them yet, I dont know if they are prone to pyrite decay, but I'll probably treat them yust in case.

 

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Max-fossils
On 2/6/2018 at 8:55 AM, Manticocerasman said:

Thank you for al the replies.

 

I have a presentation coming up tomorrow on those cephalopods for my local paleontology club. I'm starting to get nervous :wacko:. wish me luck :)

 

 

 

BVP? In any case good luck Kevin!

 

And congrats on those really nice finds!!! Thanks for the great report too. 

I’d love to see some more pictures of the brachiopods also :)

 

Max

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Manticocerasman
47 minutes ago, Max-fossils said:

BVP? In any case good luck Kevin!

 

 

Yes BVP :)

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Monica

Well done!  I, too, love cephalopods :ammonite01::wub:

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Max-fossils
7 hours ago, Manticocerasman said:

Yes BVP :)

:dinothumb:

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