Fossil Find


An interesting find from Avalus.

I found this little piece of (oil) shale next to roadway currently under maintenance/construction. It is the imprint of a fern and something else. The stone might have come from the near Saar-region, where coal was dug up from the ground. The ‘waste-rocks’ are used as road-gravel.

‘We are walking on history’ gets a deeper meaning here, I guess.

(I need to take a picture of the fossil fern next to a living fern in spring :) )

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Comments

  1. says

    The stone might have come from the near Saar-region, where coal was dug up from the ground. The ‘waste-rocks’ are used as road-gravel.

    Actually some of our “mountains” here are those deposits. If you ever want to go fossil hunting, that’s where to go. We have quite a collection of fossils like yours.
    My grandpa used to have a real nice big one (about a sheet of paper) that he actually found while digging coal.

  2. rq says

    I’m so envious! It’s beautiful, the best I’ve ever done is corals. My dream is to discover a dinosaur… heh, but I definitely live in the wrong country for that.

  3. Nightjar says

    That’s a great find, Avalus, I’m envious too!

    rq

    My dream is to discover a dinosaur… heh, but I definitely live in the wrong country for that.

    Heh, at least you have a good excuse. I live in the right country for that, but I never found one either…

  4. Ice Swimmer says

    A lovely little fern.

    There are next to no fossils here, as most of the rocks here are igneous or metamorphic and from the Precambrian.

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