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Fossils in Lorraine

22 Octobre 2014 , Rédigé par Maryse Publié dans #Lorraine

Fossils in Lorraine

Each year Science Days are organized in October in France with a lot of different events. Two weeks ago the Maison du Sel in Haraucourt put fossils on display, most of them found in the local ground and lent by a farmer of the village. Posters showed when these fossils have lived and when they disappeared. A paleontologist explained how to search and work to find fossils and it was possible to "train" in a special square built for this occasion.

A few days before these Science Days my husband brought back home something he called "a fossil". As it had a bullet shape, I told him it certainly was a bullet dated WW1. There are a lot of commemorative events at the moment, our minds are often thinking about it. I cleaned the bullet-shaped thing, tried to check if it was metal but it really seemed to be stone.

And, by walking around in the Maison du Sel, I discovered "our fossil".It is called belemnite, it lived 65 million years ago and was quite similar to a squid. The one we have is small, about 3 centimeters long. There was one on display which was about 30 centimeters long. We are used to find a lot of fossils with a snail shape but this one is not so common.

When I was young we used to find ammonites from time to time, much bigger than these snails; Maybe one day we'll find a dinosaur, who knows ? And this makes us remind that Lorraine was a big sea when dinosaurs lived. It is difficult to imagine, isn't it ?

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Barbara Heun-Ploch 23/10/2014 00:24

Maryse, it is always exciting to find something from the past. My mother loved rocks, so we were always looking on the ground for rocks of different shapes and colors. Sometimes we find the fossils and imagine how old they are. My father would always say they are older than the dirt that covered them. Thank you for sharing this post. You gave me a moment of remembrance of joy filled days.

Maryse 23/10/2014 08:50

I have always picked the "snail" ones when I was young to play with. They were nearly everywhere here. And I can't help picking unusual rocks when we go away, to share with the family.

kay Lamb 22/10/2014 17:36

My Dad was an old rock hound and he drug home lots of fossils and rocks with fossils. So I grew up thinking this was pretty cool and interesting.

Maryse 22/10/2014 18:06

It IS interesting, it is only the lack of time which makes me not look for unusual ones.