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I had the whole day available for a prolonged tour on Saturday, so I decided to spend it exploring the sides of the small mountain in the Wutach valley where I've been making some good finds in the Callovian for the last year or so. Since my usual dig is getting tougher to work, particularly since I'm spending more time removing overburden than I am digging fossils, I figured I'd foray on into the unknown in search of new exposures. I spent a good 4 hours clambering about the slopes at the appropriate height and managed to cover about half of the mountain in that time. I did manage to find a few exposures, but they weren't quite at the horizon I was looking for. Never mind. You can't expect to strike a bonanza every time you do some exploring. I then headed back to my usual spot and managed to dig out a few little ammonites until dusk set in. The day was by no means a loss. It just felt good having a little adventure. If the snow holds back, I may head out again next weekend and check out the other half of the hillside. I'll try to remember to take my camera along with me then in order to let you join in. Sorry I forgot it again, but here are some pics of the little ones at least.

 

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Sounds like a nice adventure. :) 

So glad you are still able to get out. 

Too cold and snowy, here. 


Thanks for the report, Roger. ;) 

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25 minutes ago, Foozil said:

:drool: I like it when the siphuncle is exposed like that. Nice finds! 

Ah. You noticed that!

 

16 minutes ago, Fossildude19 said:

Sounds like a nice adventure. :) 

So glad you are still able to get out. 

Too cold and snowy, here. 


Thanks for the report, Roger. ;) 

Thanks Tim. I'm hoping the winter still holds back a notch.

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Nice Roger!

These look better preserved than the others You found at that location.

Liking the siphuncle also.

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Sounds like a fine way to spend a Saturday afternoon.  Congrats on the nice finds.

I too love when the siphuncle shows some detail.

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Exploring a new area can be great fun, even when you don't find much. 

And the day was clearly worthwhile. 

Nice finds. :)

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Roger, hope you hit pay dirt on the next outing. Having climbed some of those slopes I know they can be challenging. Those ammonites you did find are remarkable for their preservation. Congratulations on what turned out to be a good day. Thanks for sharing.  

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Those are some beauties!   Looks like you hit a bonanza to me.  Really like the matrix mounts.

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Nice finds and yes, remember your camera, love to see the area. 

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On 16.1.2018 at 12:09 AM, ynot said:

Nice Roger!

These look better preserved than the others You found at that location.

 

On 16.1.2018 at 1:53 AM, Jeffrey P said:

Roger, hope you hit pay dirt on the next outing. Having climbed some of those slopes I know they can be challenging. Those ammonites you did find are remarkable for their preservation. Congratulations on what turned out to be a good day. Thanks for sharing.  

Thanks guys. I should have noted that none of them are larger than 4cm. in diameter and all are partial phragmocones. It's mostly the case that the inner whorls are the best preserved.

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On 16.1.2018 at 12:09 AM, ynot said:

 

Liking the siphuncle also.

 

On 16.1.2018 at 12:57 AM, oldtimer said:

Sounds like a fine way to spend a Saturday afternoon.  Congrats on the nice finds.

I too love when the siphuncle shows some detail.

Me too. It's not often that they stick out like that.

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On 16.1.2018 at 1:35 AM, Tidgy's Dad said:

Exploring a new area can be great fun, even when you don't find much. 

And the day was clearly worthwhile. 

Nice finds. :)

 

On 16.1.2018 at 1:57 AM, caldigger said:

Those are some beauties!   Looks like you hit a bonanza to me.  Really like the matrix mounts.

 

On 16.1.2018 at 6:42 AM, Nimravis said:

Nice finds and yes, remember your camera, love to see the area. 

Thanks guys. I'll do my best to take the camera along next time.

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Nice Macrocephalites, Roger - great job!!!

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Foraging is a good thing Roger! congrats. 

 

Regards, Chris 

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Perseverance and exploration are never wasted moments, regardless if your collecting bag is empty or full. Some cute button-sized ammos in that mini-haul! 

 

Looking forward to your adventure on the other side of the hill (as it is all just weather envy on this end! :P ). 

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Thanks for your comments everyone. The snow has started up again, so it looks like I'll have to postpone expedition #2.

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