This time I did something new: I went on fossil hunt! Together with one of my best friends I explored the stone pit called "Schümel" in Holderbank (Aargau). I've never been there before, I just got a hint by a foreign mineral enthusiast I met in the train a year ago. There were many questions in my head, like: How to find them? How do they look like? And what do I eat? Get the answers under the cut...
Holderbank is a real nest. It's a wonder there's even a train station. But the nature arround that place is very beautiful and stunning. The old stone pit is now a wildlife sanctuary with a lot of ponds, perfect for me! Even in autumn we saw dragonflies, newts, polliwogs, frogs and some "water snails" (Lymnaeidae).
It's a rare hopper nowadays and is protected by law.
|Can you see it? ^^|
Like two crazy chickens we scrabbled the path up and down. There were quite a lot of shells, ammonites and fragments. It was fantastic!
|This was my loot of the day!|
We also found other minerals like this two fellas:
But now let's have a closer look at my findings!
|These four are my favourites. Especially the one above in right the corner. I called it Jackpot x3|
|This little snail is also a beauty. I like how it is still in the stone.|
|I'm not sure what these are, maybe imprints of plants, sponges or corals.|
|Diverent kind of shells, urchin parts, a belemnite.|
I didn't took a lot of photos of that trip, I'm sorry. First I was thinking about a failure but then my hands got very dirty very soon xD
But I know, I have to go back to that place. Maybe in springtime, were more animals are around.