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It ain't over till the Fat Lady sings .....   Oupeye-Bassenge-Vise area, Belgium

Yes, I know……. it has been quite a while since I last put in a trip report, shame on me.

Not that I have been idle the last year or so, but a major renovation of and addition to my home kept me from spending a lot of time on fossils. Still, I did get to go out once in a while and on some of those occasions I even did pretty well, like on the most recent "father and son"-outing to the Belgian Cretaceous. But….. first a step back.

Most of ...

Squalis rule !   Oupeye-Bassenge-Vise area, Belgium

My alias is chosen for the Synechodus lerichei  Herman 1977; one of the most elusive if not the most elusive of shark teeth to be found in the Late Cretaceous outcrops close to my hometown. strangely enough I have found a specimen last year, while other, far less rare teeth have eluded me up until now, one of them being Squalicorax pristodontus Agassiz 1843. Sure, I have a couple of nice specimens from the Late Cretaceous of Moro...

A good Echinocoys-day!   Oupeye-Bassenge-Vise area, Belgium

Hi Folks,

This is also one of the hunt that I did during my last visit to Belgium and the Netherlands. This time Paul invited me to come and visit one of his favorite quarries in Belgium.

After introducing me to the quarry owner, we went in and started out on a small plateau wer Paul had hunted before. We found some Echinocorys and Paul also pointed one out in the wall, which I uncovered. The digging machine had pushed lots of material down the sl...

Echinoids from the Upper Maastrichtian   Oupeye-Bassenge-Vise area, Belgium

After posting several reports of trips to a quarry where the uppermost Campanian and Lower Maastrichtian are exposed, now a report of several trips into a quarry a little further North, all as one post.

As the formations gradually slope downwards when going North, the lowest parts in this quarry are still a little younger than the uppermost exposures in the other q...

King Echinocorys   Oupeye-Bassenge-Vise area, Belgium

Well, I got a mail last week from the dragline operator to inform me he had been working on the echinoid-layer. So if I would like, I was welcome to try my luck! Me wanting to come was not the problem, but work and a bad, persistant cold were. That and the cold wind. So I had to bide my time a bit, but did managed to get out there the other day.

How did I do? Well, the newl...

Queen of Hearts   Oupeye-Bassenge-Vise area, Belgium

Another trip to my favorite echinoid-quarry. Why it is my favorite ech-quarry? Well, there is always something to find and do and people to meet.

When they are not excavating the Cretaceous deposits themselves, they are often removing the overlying clay, sand and more importantly............. flint. This so-called flint-eluvium is the only remainder of ero...

Friend or Foe?   Oupeye-Bassenge-Vise area, Belgium

As a kind of “tradition” during my summer holidays I always have at least one day to do as I please, without any consideration for the rest of the family.
So this year Thursday, August 2nd was my own to schedule and guess what I did......................yep, some hardcore fossil hunting.
“What a surprise! My wife would say.
So not quite dawn til...

"Father & Son"-day in the Belgian Cretaceous   Oupeye-Bassenge-Vise area, Belgium

Reading about all the trips in the US and - more recently - several trips to Mill in the Netherlands (one of my favorites), I approached ditchweezil about setting me up to post trips to the Cretaceous sites scattered around the Dutch-Belgian border, near Maastricht (yes, that's why they call the latest stage of the Cretaceous the Maastrichtian ). So here I am with trip nr. 1.








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