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august 2017
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Nauthólsvík Beach, Rekjavík, is one of the few places in Iceland where marine sedimentary layers are outcropping, the Fossvogur layers. In these layers, Pleistocene and early Holocene fossils can be found. Among the layer of stone slabs, fish scales can be found everywhere alongside rarer fossils like seaweed, fossil leaves and bivalves

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Nauthólsvík Beach is located south of Rekjavík Airport.

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Fish scales, shark/fish teeth, seaweed, bivalves and leaves. The fossils mostly date from the  Alleröd (Pleistocene). There are 3 main areas where fossils can be found. In the first area, almost the only fossils found are fish scales, which are very common. In area 2, rarer fossils can be found, like seaweed, bivalves and worms. In area 3, fossils are rare but fossil leaves can be found.

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Museum: Náttúrufræðistofnun Íslands


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