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Yesterday I made a visit to the Natural History Museum of Maastricht (The Netherlands) for my Birthday :) 
The museum is only a 40 minute drive from where I live and it showcases the entire natural history of the region, the cool thing about this museum is that the fossils which are showcased here are all regional fossils from The Netherlands, Germany & Belgium. :) 

I am starting the topic off with 2 pictures of the special exhibit called Microsculptures, which shows giant detailed photographs of insects to show how magnifecent they are. 
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Then I went on to the "Mosaleum" which holds "Bér" the holotype specimen of Prognathodon saturator
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A replica of the holotype specimen of Mosasaurus hoffmannii, which was found in the Sint-Pietersberg in Maastricht
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Devonian fossils from Eifel (Germany), Ardennen (Belgium) & Zuid-Limburg (The Netherlands)

Crinoids, Trilobites & Brachiopods
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Trilobite cruziana
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Corals, Sponges & Crinoids 
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Carboniferous fossils from Zuid Limburg (The Netherlands)


Lepidodendron & Sigillaria
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Calamites

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Fern fossils

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Cretaceous fossils from Maastricht & from the Aachen Formation in Zuid Limburg (The Netherlands)
 

Crinoid

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Starfish
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Petrified wood

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Shells

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Tube worms & Belemnites

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Ammonites

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The largest ammonite found in the Netherlands

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petrified tree log

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And then there is ofcourse the amazing Mosasaurus corridor which is part of the Cretaceous hall of the museum. 
All the fossils here are found in Maastricht itself.
 

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Mosasaurus lemonnieri teeth

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And several bones of Mosasaurus "Lars", the most recent excavated Mosasaurus from Maastricht, found in 2015. 

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The famous Mosasaurus hoffmanni skeleton replica, a reconstruction of a specimen found in the 1950's

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Some of the original bones from the "Bemelse Mosasaurus"

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 Allopleuron hoffmannii bones

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 Allopleuron hoffmannii mounted skeleton

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The Cretaceous of Maastricht part 2

Reconstuction of a hadrosaurid, only a few dozen Hadrosaurid bones were found in Maastricht so the reconstruction is mainly based on Amurosaurus & Corythosaurus

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The actual Hadrosaurid remains found in Maastricht

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The only mammalian tooth found in Maastricht.

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Leaves

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Corals

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Belemnites & Nautilus

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Shells

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Fish fossils

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Belemnite mass mortality plate

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Cretaceous of Maastricht part 3

 

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Urchins

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Shark teeth

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Fish mouth parts

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K-Pg boundary clay layer from Stevns Klint in Denmark

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K-Pg boundary clay layer from Maastricht

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Paleocene fossils

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Eocene fossils

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Oligocene mass mortality plate found in my hometown

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Oligocene fossils

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Oligocene whale bones

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Miocene leaf fossils

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Miocene seed and cone fossils

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Miocene shark & fish teeth

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Pleistocene fossils

 

Mammoth tusk

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Ice Age cabinet

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Tegelen clay cabinet

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Turtle fossil

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Tapir fossil

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Mammuthus meridionalis, Stephanorhinus etruscus & horse fossils

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Cervus rhenanus fossils

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 Eucladoceros tegulensis fossils

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Pleistocene primate (Macaca florentinus) teeth

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Beaver fossils

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Belvédère quarry pleistocene fossils

 

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Wooly mammoth skull & bones

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Dicerorhinus hemitoechus bones

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Flint tools

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I really enjoyed my time at the museum, if you are visiting the area, definiatly go and visit the museum! :) 

 

 

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The Amateur Paleontologist

Amazing way to spend a birthday :D

Absolutely love the Maastricht Cretaceous fossils, especially the vertebrates!!

-Christian

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1 hour ago, rebu said:

Happy birthday :) what a cool trip, thanks for sharing. Nice photos

Thank you! :) 
It's definiatly worth a visit, especially their mosasaurus collection is stunning :) 

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On 15-2-2019 at 8:34 PM, The Amateur Paleontologist said:

Amazing way to spend a birthday :D

Absolutely love the Maastricht Cretaceous fossils, especially the vertebrates!!

-Christian

it indeed was! :D
Yeah me too! Mosasaurs have always been one of my favorite prehistoric animals and the late cretaceous is by far my favorite time era, I really consider myself lucky to life in an area that's so rich in geological wonders :) 

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17 minutes ago, Joeri_R said:

Nice pictures!

 

I haven't visited the museum yet. But it's on my to do list :)

 

Greetings from Oostende! 

 

Thank you! It's absolutely a must-see, the entire cretaceous collection is amazing to see.
The thing which I like most about the museum is that nearly all the fossils are from the region of Zuid Limburg :) 

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Thanks for the photos! I visited a few years ago and really enjoyed it. I made the pilgrimage from the uk as we don’t have much in the way of mosasaur remains.

 

my highlight was the full size replica mosasaur skeleton - even if I did discover it was only made of polystyrene :ighappy:

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