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november 2002
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The Eifel region is known for its volcanic rocks. However there are also limestone from the Devonian period exposed. In these sediments you can find fossils including fossil corals.

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On the fields you can find fossils too. (situation 2005)
Added by: jakob on 23-06-2011

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The Eifel region is located in the west of Germany, close to the Belgian border. Below is a description of several quarries:

  • Along the roads B51-E29 NOTE!: According to a visitor of this website, the site is totally overgrown, and no fossils can be found. Field is the area can still yeald fossils.
  • Weinsheim Between Prüm and Gerolstein is an industrial area southeast of Weinsheim. Weinsheim is located left of the D410 road when driving from Prüm to Gerolstein. Find the Streif company. From their parking follow the paved road between the industrial area and the natural area. After 200 metres you can find fossils (mainly shells) along the sides of this road. When following the industrial area to the north you can also find fossils. The next couple of years you can probably find fossils due to the building activities. On the nearby fields you can also find fossils (when unused). You can find corals, brachiopods, gastropods, and sometimes small trilobites. The company at the industrial area has put more debris on top. Plants are beginning to take hold also. You can still collect fossils, but workers of the company will probably warn you for the risk of debris falls.

Situation 2013: the site is largely built up and overgrown, and collecting fossils has become difficult.

  • Schwirzheim A little further than Weinsheid you will find the village of Schwirzheim. On the fields north of the church you can find trilobites and other fossils. The fields must be clear though.
  • Ahütte Near Ahütte, some large quarries are located. Getting permission to collect fossils here is difficult. You can find corals and crinoids here.
  • Keldenich South of Keldenich there is an old quarry. You can find nice fossil corals and also brachiopods and gastropods.
  • Baasem Quarry is closed, and fossil collecting forbidden.
  • Nettersheim Corals, brachiopods
  • Wallersheim From Prüm go eastwards. After about 5 kilometres go right in direction Fleringen. Between here and Wallersheim you can collect fossils on the fields. You can find corals here.
  • Büdesheim From Prüm go eastwards. Southeast of Büdesheim you can collect fossils on the fields.
  • Willwerath From Prüm go northeast along the river in direction Willwerath. Around Willwerath you can collect fossils on the fields.
  • Gerolstein From Gerolstein take road B410 to the west. Just before leaving the village go right. At the Auberg is a slope where you can find many fossils. Also in the surrounding area.
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Corals, brachiopods, gastropods and trilobites from the Devonian period.

Plate A Finds from the Eifel © Photo and collection: J. Luteyn (Original Size)

1a and 1b. (Favosites sp.) 2a and 2b. (Peripaedium planum) also (Cyathophyllum planum) 3a and 3b. (Actinostroma sp.) ? 4a en 4b. (Heliolites porosa) 5. flat coral (Alveolites sp.) ? 6a and 6b. (Dohmophyllum helianthoides) (7a and 7b. (Digonophyllum maximum) 8a and 8b. (Alveolites suborbiculatis) with on top (Stromatopora)

Everything was found on a field near Weinsheim (industrial area). Munber 2a and 2b were found in the upper part of the “Rauhheck” quarry near Hillesheim.

Plate B Finds from the Eifel © Photo and collection: J. Luteyn (Original Size)

1. (Heliolites porosa) 2a and 2b. (Sycoceras sp.) part. 3. (Aulopora serpens) 4a en 4b. Cross section and sideview of (Heliophyllum sp.) 5a and 5b. idem, but from(Diagophyllum sp.) piece of corallite. 6a and 6b. (Alveolites suborbicularis) exeptionally beautiful red color. 7a and 7b. (Thamnopora)? 8 a, 8b, 9 and 10. (Favosites sp.)

Most was found on a field near Weinsheim. Numbers 2, 3 and 6a and 6b were found at the upper part of the "Rauhheck" quarry near Hillesheim. The last fossils are exeptionally red. (Number 2 is from an old collection, and is found in the Gerolstein area. The color looks more like Givetian than Eifelian?)

Plate C Finds from the Eifel © Photo and collection: J. Luteyn (Original Size)

1 and 2. (Thamnopora cervicornus) old name (Favosites cervicornis) 3.(Cyathopaedium sp.) also knows as (Calophyllum sp.) 4. (Disphyllum caespitosum) 5. (Calceola sandalina) with valve. 6. valve of (Calceola sandalina) 7. Idem, but with other characteristics and shape. (variation witin species ?) 8. three corals, front and back view of (Calceola sandalina) 9. mini-sponge (Heliolites porosa) 10. unknown sponge. 11, 11a, and 11b. (Acanthophyllum vermicularum) 12a (Spongohylloides vesiculosum) also known as(Mesophyllum vesiculosum), 12b (Acanthophyllum sp.

There are 62 photographs of fossils from this location in our Fossil ID System.
Go to the Eifel Species List to identify your own finds!

Literature recommended by members

  • Hermann-Josef Brauns, 1986: Wirbellose Tiere aus dem Devon des Gerolsteiner landes und seiner Umgebung.
    Dit boekje (35 pag.tekst plus foto\'s)is verkrijgbaar in het Geomuseum in Gerolstein, het behandeld het taxonomisch overzicht van Cnidaria \r\ngevonden in de Eifel.
    Added by fgilissen
  • Jungheim, H.J., 1996: Die Eifel - Fossilien, Erdgeschichte, Lebensbilder
    Informatie over de diergroepen die fossiel in de Eifel te vinden zijn, waarbij enkele van de algemenere vertegenwoordigers van elke groep wat verder uitgelicht worden. Nuttig voor determinaties van veel gevonden fossielen, of determinaties tot op groep, zoals zeelelies e.d.
    Added by Bram
  • Jungheim, H.J., 2000: Eifel-Brachiopoden
    Korte beschrijvingen en duidelijke afbeeldingen van een lastige, maar zeer algemene groep fossielen uit de Eifel: de brachiopoden. Ook met dit boek blijft determineren van brachiopoden lastig, maar het helpt zeker.
    Added by Bram
  • Jürgen Höflinger, Nils Jung, 2019: Rhynchonelliden des deutschen Devon
    a monograph about rhynchonellid brachiopods from the Eifel, Bergisches Land, Sauerland and related faunas from Belgium, France, Poland, Czech Republic
    Added by bazongawonz
  • Rath, 2003: Die Erforschungsgeschichte der Eifel-Geologie.
    Added by webmaster
  • Ruckert, A. & T. Klever, 2007: Trilobiten - Schatze des Gerolsteiner Landes
    Klein boekje waarin enkele trilobietensoorten uit de Eifel worden beschreven en afgebeeld. Duitstalig.
    Added by Bram
  • Van Diggelen en Stemvers-Van Bremmel, 1987: De fossielen van de Devonische Eifel.
    Added by webmaster

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