In the river Tarn area in southern France you can find various fossils in the outcrops of marl from the Toarcian (part of the lower Jurassic period).
South of Florac, in St-Laurent-de-Trèves you can see many footprints of dinosaurs in the limestone. There is free entrance, and info panels are available. It is not known wich species left the footprints. In the small village there is a small museum (low entrance fee).
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The site. To the right on the ridges you can find ammonites. Below left you can find various gastropods, belemnites and ammonites.
Added by: jandequaasteniet on 23-06-2011
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The area is located about 50 kilometres northeast of the city of Millau in southern France. Florac is located along road N106. Go to the southeast on road N106 in direction Florac. A couple of hundreds of metres before Florac go left at the roundabout in direction Bédoues. You will pass the bridge over the Tarn river, and you will see a large campingsite at your left. There is a curve to the left uphill. When driving in the village of Bédoues, you will see old ond church on the hill. At your left you will see the camping site "Chon du Tarn". You will pass the river Tarn again on a narrow bridge.
400 Metres after the bridge go left in direction Les Bonblons. This road is very narrow. Just before the village of Malbosc (you will see the houses on the hills) go to the left. This is a steep small road downhill. Cross the stream over the bridge and go steep uphill.
Follow the road until the paved part of the road stops. Park here at the shed. From here it is a half hour walk to the collecting location. Follow the road downhill. When you arrive downhill, the path goes to the left through the bushes. Follow the path uphill again. On top of the hill you will see the barren "Le Puecheral" hill.
At your right is a fence. Go right here and follow the path uphill At "one 'o clock" you will see a barren blueish hill. This is the collecting site.
At the final part of the path you will see the belemnites in the rocks. At the site you can find small ammonites and pieces of belemnites. You can also find gastropods and ammonites with crystals. Look around in the area to find a good spot to collect your fossils. You can easily collect fossils in the erosion deris. You should bring small boxes to store the fragile fossils.
In the surroundings of this site there are possibly more sites where the same sediments are exposed.
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Belemnites, ammonites and gastropods from the Toarcian (part of the lower Jurassic period). The quality of the fossils is average to good.
Serpulid (kind of worm). © Photo: J. de Quaasteniet
Gastropods © Photo: J. de Quaasteniet
Corals, a serpulid and part of a sea urchin © Photo: J. de Quaasteniet
Bivalves © Photo: J. de Quaasteniet
There are 7 photographs of fossils from this location in our Fossil ID System.
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Thanks to J. de Quaasteniet for sending this description.
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