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  The Netherlands

july 2012
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october 2017

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Location description

Not a specific locality. On shell paved paths fossils are regularly found. Also at storage locations of shell material.

  • Shells are dregded up from the sea bottom at two locations. In the wadden sea there is a lot of shell material availible. One of the main exploitation sites is the Vliestroom, the channel between the islands of Vlieland and Terschelling. This site has already been exploited from 1908 onwards. The shell material from this site has a characteristic blue-grey color. The shell material dredged up from the Vliestroom is brought onshore in the harbor of Harlingen, and used all across the Netherlands to pave cylce- and foot paths. The fauna from the Vliestroom is dominated by Holocene Cerastoderma edula and Spisula species. The relatively large specimens of Ostrea edulis and Buccinum undatum are also striking. Occasionally, also Eemian species, like Mactra corallina plistoneerlandica and Acanthocardia tuberculata, can be found in this material

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Added by: Spongebob on 21-07-2012

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In The Netherlands shells are sometimes used to pave footpaths and bikepaths. In the dunes the shells are used often, but also on other sites.

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Shark teeth, ray teeth, mammal bones, and sometimes a piece of amber. You can also find fossil bivalves and gastropods.

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Other locations in the area

Fossil location: De Slufter
Fossil location: Terschelling
Museum: Ecomare


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