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march 2012
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Location description

The area around Coesfeld, Legden and Holtwick is known by fossil collectors because of the upper Cretaceous Campanian limestone  an marls ("Quadratenkreide") under the surface. The name Quadratenkreide comes from the common belemnite Gonioteuthis quadrata.

Especialy the sponges found here are well known, but also other fossils are weel preserved.

There are no active quarries in the area anymore, but you can still collect at temporary exposures like building sites.

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Field near Holtwick
Added by: Spongebob on 12-03-2012

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Coesfeld is located 35 kilometers west of Münster in the west of Germany.

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Various types of sponges, corals, sea urchins, bivalves (oysters), gastropods, belemnites, crinoids and even large ammonites. Also lobsters and fish have been found.

There are 8 photographs of fossils from this location in our Fossil ID System.
Go to the Coesfeld Species List to identify your own finds!

Literature recommended by members

  • H Oosterink, 2002: Fossielen uit tijdelijke ontsluitingen in het Campanien van Coesfeld en omgeving.
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Thanks to Jasper Ponstein for extending the description.

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