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march 2012
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Location description

On top of the pass Passo del Furlo you can find fossils (mainly ammonites) in the footpaths. Also in the vally at Furlo itself you can find fossils. The fossils come from the Pliensbachian, part of the lower Jurassic period.

At the southwestern side of the pass, at Pianacce, there is an old quarry where the Ammonitico Rosso is exposed. Below the outcrop, ammonites can be found. 

In the Gola del Furlo reserve is an ammonite exhibition with finds from the area. Officially fossil collecting in Italy is not allowed.

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The old quarry at the Furlo Gorge from above. At the top you can clearly see the red ammonite-bearing layer.
Added by: FossilDude on 31-08-2015

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Passo del Furlo is located about 50 kilometers south of Rimini in the Apenines. This area is located at the line of Fano (in the Marche-PU) at the east coast, about 35 kilometers from the sea.

The quarry at Pianacce can be reached by taking the road up at Ristorante Algergo Furlo.

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Ammonites, foraminifers.

There are 4 photographs of fossils from this location in our Fossil ID System.
Go to the Furlo Species List to identify your own finds!

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Other locations in the area

Fossil location: Marecchia River Formation
Museum: Museo di Storia Naturale di Gagliole
Museum: Parco dinosauri Le pietre del Drago


Thanks to Mathilde Schipperheijn for sending this description.

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