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Recently I was for one week in the Ardennes in Belgium. There I visited different locations where you can find fossils.

For example I was in Barvaux and found many brachiopods: http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/77098-mainly-brachiopods-from-barvaux/.

I also visited the old Lesse quarry near Resteigne, where you can many different fossils. For instance I found many brachiopods, corals and also some trilobite parts !

The layers belong to the Eifelium, Middle Devon. Too bad that the weather was not that good but I am nonetheless satisfied with my fiends:

Here are some pictures of the quarry:

 

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Its an old quarry and the nature reclaims the area more and more. So you also see some nice animals !

 

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Now too my finds: 

Firstly some brachiopods:

 

They are indeed very common there so I found many. 

Those brachiopods are all Sieberella sp. or?
 

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Here a detailed picture of one (3 cm long):
 

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And this should be a Spinatrypa sp. or?

 

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Beside many brachiopods I also found some corals. 

For example this one:
 

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Its a Calceola or? Maybe with the lid?

 

Too bad that the other corals I found are mostly damaged .... Acanthophyllum (?)

 

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This is a nice one: 
 

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It is about 6 cm long and nearly intact !

 

But now I come to the reason why I visited this quarry ! I have never found a trilobite before that and it was one of my biggest wishes !
I didnt find a complete trilobite but I think that they are very rare and that I can be happy with all those fragments I found !
I found about 15 fragments ! I will not try to determine them ... :D  Any help is welcome !

 

I like especially trilobite heads ! Too bad that sometimes the eyes are missing more or less ...

 

Here is the first one:

 

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Its a very small one with a length of 1 cm but well preserved !

 

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The next three:
 

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The one in the foreground is a big one with a length of 1.7 cm. The other two ones are small ...

 

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I also found some parts of the body !

 

That one is a big (4 cm) remain:

 

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This one could be rolled up or? Would be great if there is more in the stone ...

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This one looks also very promising although its very small (1 cm long):

 

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Thanks for viewing ! Hope you enjoyed :D

 

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More nice finds!:megdance:

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Nice finds!

It is always fun to add new things to Your collection.

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2 hours ago, Arizona Chris said:

Super finds!  I like the eyes of the trilobite with the bulbous head.  

Thanks :)

 

Here are some more eyes:

 

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Both are very small ... please excused the bad pictures !

 

2 hours ago, Peat Burns said:

More nice finds!:megdance:

Thanks :D

 

15 minutes ago, ynot said:

Nice finds!

It is always fun to add new things to Your collection.

Thanks Tony ! Thats right ! At the beginning you dont have that high standards :D

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49 minutes ago, belemniten said:

 

Here are some more eyes:

 

Hi Sebastian,

I'm pretty sure that the eyes, pygidia and the other trilobite parts belong to Nyterops hollandi. You are also correct with all of your identifications in my opinion. Nice finds!

 

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59 minutes ago, nala said:

great finds again:)

Thanks again nala :D

 

31 minutes ago, JohnBrewer said:

A nice variety Sebastian!

Thanks John ;)
 

18 minutes ago, Ludwigia said:

Hi Sebastian,

I'm pretty sure that the eyes, pygidia and the other trilobite parts belong to Nyterops hollandi. You are also correct with all of your identifications in my opinion. Nice finds!

 

Thanks Roger ! Also for the Id ! 

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1 hour ago, Ludwigia said:

I'm pretty sure that the eyes, pygidia and the other trilobite parts belong to Nyterops hollandi

 

 

Take a closer look, these are not all phacopids.  

The following papers by Van Viersen & Prescher have numerous examples for comparison.

 

Van Viersen, A.P., & Prescher, H. (2008)

Devonian Proetidae (Trilobita) from the Ardennes Massif (Belgium, N France) and the Eifel Hills (W Germany).

Bulletin de l’Institut royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique, Sciences de la Terre, 78:9-29  PDF LINK

 

Van Viersen, A.P., & Prescher, H. (2009)

Trilobites from the Longlier Formation (Lower Devonian; Neufchâteau Synclinorium, southeast Belgium): first record of Pragian associated “Rhenish” and “Bohemian” assemblages from the Ardennes.  

Bulletin de l’Institut royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique, Sciences de la Terre, 79:5-26  PDF LINK

 

Van Viersen, A.P., & Prescher, H. (2010)

Taxonomy and biostratigraphy of some proetid trilobites in the Middle Devonian of the Ardennes and Eifel (Rhenohercynian Zone).

Bulletin de l’Institut royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique, Sciences de la Terre, 80:5-45  PDF LINK

 

image.png.3dfd17679ae5487c78cd5274de1d27d0.png  homalonotid

 

1.thumb.JPG.236a9738a8b96d5abc97d29369e5bd76.JPG  proetid

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41 minutes ago, piranha said:

 

 

Take a closer look, these are not all phacopids.  

The following papers by Van Viersen & Prescher have numerous examples for comparison.

 

Van Viersen, A.P., & Prescher, H. (2008)

Devonian Proetidae (Trilobita) from the Ardennes Massif (Belgium, N France) and the Eifel Hills (W Germany).

Bulletin de l’Institut royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique, Sciences de la Terre, 78:9-29  PDF LINK

 

Van Viersen, A.P., & Prescher, H. (2009)

Trilobites from the Longlier Formation (Lower Devonian; Neufchâteau Synclinorium, southeast Belgium): first record of Pragian associated “Rhenish” and “Bohemian” assemblages from the Ardennes.  

Bulletin de l’Institut royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique, Sciences de la Terre, 79:5-26  PDF LINK

 

Van Viersen, A.P., & Prescher, H. (2010)

Taxonomy and biostratigraphy of some proetid trilobites in the Middle Devonian of the Ardennes and Eifel (Rhenohercynian Zone).

Bulletin de l’Institut royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique, Sciences de la Terre, 80:5-45  PDF LINK

 

image.png.3dfd17679ae5487c78cd5274de1d27d0.png  homalonotid

 

1.thumb.JPG.236a9738a8b96d5abc97d29369e5bd76.JPG  proetid

 

Scott, I bow to your superior :trilo: knowledge. :)

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16 minutes ago, Ludwigia said:

Scott, I bow to your superior :trilo: knowledge. :)

 

 

And I bow to the King of the Ammonites! :ammonite01: :fistbump:

 

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Well done, @belemniten!  My daughter and I have also had difficulty finding trilobites in the creeks that we usually haunt, so we're over the moon even when we find a very worn-looking specimen :)

 

Keep up the great work!

 

Monica

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15 hours ago, piranha said:

 

 

Take a closer look, these are not all phacopids.  

The following papers by Van Viersen & Prescher have numerous examples for comparison.

 

Van Viersen, A.P., & Prescher, H. (2008)

Devonian Proetidae (Trilobita) from the Ardennes Massif (Belgium, N France) and the Eifel Hills (W Germany).

Bulletin de l’Institut royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique, Sciences de la Terre, 78:9-29  PDF LINK

 

Van Viersen, A.P., & Prescher, H. (2009)

Trilobites from the Longlier Formation (Lower Devonian; Neufchâteau Synclinorium, southeast Belgium): first record of Pragian associated “Rhenish” and “Bohemian” assemblages from the Ardennes.  

Bulletin de l’Institut royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique, Sciences de la Terre, 79:5-26  PDF LINK

 

Van Viersen, A.P., & Prescher, H. (2010)

Taxonomy and biostratigraphy of some proetid trilobites in the Middle Devonian of the Ardennes and Eifel (Rhenohercynian Zone).

Bulletin de l’Institut royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique, Sciences de la Terre, 80:5-45  PDF LINK

 

image.png.3dfd17679ae5487c78cd5274de1d27d0.png  homalonotid

 

1.thumb.JPG.236a9738a8b96d5abc97d29369e5bd76.JPG  proetid

Thanks piranha ! Thats very interesting :trilowalk: Great to hear that I found different types of trilobites !

 

1 hour ago, Monica said:

Well done, @belemniten!  My daughter and I have also had difficulty finding trilobites in the creeks that we usually haunt, so we're over the moon even when we find a very worn-looking specimen :)

 

Keep up the great work!

 

Monica

Thanks Monica ! I know that feeling :D 

Great that you found some specimen even if they are damaged :fistbump: I always like your report !!

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Seb,totally awesome photojournalism,and great fossils!

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Manticocerasman

great finds Sebastiaan,

next time you are heading to Belgium let me know :) I might guide you around 

 

 

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Fossildude19

Nice report and Pictures, Sebastian!

Thanks for sharing them.

Regards,

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5 hours ago, doushantuo said:

Seb,totally awesome photojournalism,and great fossils!

Thanks Ben !!

 

4 hours ago, Kevin H. said:

great finds Sebastiaan,

next time you are heading to Belgium let me know :) I might guide you around 

 

 

Thanks Kevin :)
I will let you know if I go to that area again ... although it can take a while.

 

3 hours ago, Fossildude19 said:

Nice report and Pictures, Sebastian!

Thanks for sharing them.

Regards,

Thanks for the kind words :)

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