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My Wife's Jurassic Ammonite Finds from Europe 2011

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Uncle Siphuncle

I was overwhelmed with prep immediately after the 2011 trip my wife and I took to Europe, so I put down some of the more involved prep work until now.  Initially I prepped only the flashiest stuff we found.  Happy to be all caught up.

 

Prep involved air scribe, dolomite microblast, and coating with a mixture of beeswax and turpentine.  Hope you find them as appealing as we do.  

 

First, Drügendorf, Germany.

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Uncle Siphuncle

Next, the Wolfgang Endress Quarry in Gräfenberg, Germany.  Wife kinda smoked me at this quarry.

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Uncle Siphuncle

More from Gräfenberg.

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Uncle Siphuncle

One of our favorite spots in France was the Lafarge Quarry at Belmont, near Lyon.  Insanely productive.  There were at least 100 collectors there that morning, many "in the know" showing up with wagons.  We only had about 4 hours to collect, but everyone was finding ammonites, gastropods, bivalves, and belemnites hand over fist for the entire time, even walking out.  First, let's look at what my wife found in the overlying Toarcian layer.  First 2 pics are forward and reverse of the same specimen.

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Uncle Siphuncle

More Belmont.

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facehugger

Awesome that you have a partner that enjoys this sort of thing too...

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Uncle Siphuncle

The underlying Aalenian layer was equally as impressive, if not more so.  Ammonites could be found loose as well as in blocks studded with belemnites.  Here are some loose ones my wife found.  Last 2 pics are forward and reverse of a double.

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Uncle Siphuncle

More lady luck.

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PaulK

They are all very nice fossils.

 

Did you declare them when coming back to the U.S. and did customs have questions about them? I curious as to how difficult it is to leave one country and enter another with a suitcase full of fossils.

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Uncle Siphuncle
7 minutes ago, PaulK said:

They are all very nice fossils.

 

Did you declare them when coming back to the U.S. and did customs have questions about them? I curious as to how difficult it is to leave one country and enter another with a suitcase full of fossils.

We declared everything, about 1000 fossils or so.  During 2011 and 2015 trips it was easy to get fossils in and out of both countries...largely why we chose to visit those countries.  But with undercurrents of policy change since then esp in Germany, best to check the rules right before a trip. 

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Ptychodus04

Those are some nice ammonites Dan! (@Uncle Siphuncle) What does it feel like to be caught up on prep work? I've never experienced that. :P

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Ludwigia

@Uncle Siphuncle Nice to see that you finally got them done. Man, you sure do take your time! I think I got down to mine practically the day after I got home from Gräfenberg. If I remember rightly someone with sticky fingers enlightened you of some of your finds. Man, was that "ärgerlich"!

By the way, you've got the names of your Lafarge layers mixed up. The first finds shown, various species of Leioceras, are from the opalinum zone of the early Aalenian. The ones below that are various species from the thouarsense and bifrons zones of the Late Toarcian. If you need any help with ids then just send me a PM.

 

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Uncle Siphuncle

Thanks for the correction, Roger.  Details grow fuzzy over the years.  Hope to see you again on site somewhere soon.

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