HOME Fossil Locations Marano sul Panaro, Italy
Facebook Fossiel.net In English Please In het Nederlands

Announcements

Come to our PaleoTime-NL International Fossil Show in Harderwijk (NL), on March 9th 2019!

Contribute knowledge and information to Fossiel.net!
How can I help?

Most Popular Fossil Locations

Fossil from Fossil ID system

Georockshop
Shark teeth Antwerp small 4x
2.50 EUR



  Marano sul Panaro
  Italy

Added:
13-11-2018
Last Modified:
13-11-2018

>> View All Locations

Location description

Near the town of Marano sul Panaro, fossils can be found in marine deposits of Plio-Pleistocene origin, exposed in the Panaro river.

The site is situated west of the town,  just beyond the last houses, near a sluice made to slow down the currents of the Panaro river and protect the Bridge above it (ponte Muratori). The deposits are mainly composed of a sandy clay called "Argille azzurre Plioceniche", which are characteristic of the area from Piemonte to Marche, passing through Emilia Romagna. In the exposed riverbed you can find various shells of bivalves and Gastropods among many Genera (around 116 confirmed species found in the area). Due to the particular nature of the deposits and the effect that the sluice has on the site, every year cubic meters of fossiliferous deposits get eroded away by the waterflow of the river.


Do you have (more) photographs of this location? Please send your photographs using the Fossil Location Photo form!

Directions

The site can be easily accessed on foot: find your way to Marano sul Panaro, a small town near Vignola, from there just follow the river East until you find yourself between the Bridge (Ponte Muratori) on the right and the castle on your left. Keep following the river, you should now find yourself on a smaller road ending in a parking spot, park there and continue down the path. That path should bring you to the river near the sluice on the river bank, from there on out you’re in the fossiliferous site, look down and enjoy the rest of the day! 

Drag the map and zoom in or out for the best view of this locality.

Finds

In a few hours, may genera of gastropods, Pectinidae, corals to Vermetidae can be found. Among the taxa found in this site are Turritella (4 species), Petaloconchus, Dentalium sexangulum, Gemmula contigua, Aequipecten (2 species) and some more uncommon ones like Architectonica simplex or Nassarius serraticosta. Bring a geological hammer or pickaxe since some sections have a much more sturdier matrix then others. The Pectinids from this site are fragile and are prone to breaking when outside of their matrix.  

The presence of species found today in hotter climates like the coasts of northern Africa is testament of a time when the mediterranean was all around hotter, sustaining a more diverse and tropical fauna.

Literature recommended by members

No literature was added for this location.

Do you have (more) literature suggestions for this location? Please send your suggestion using the Literature form!

Other locations in the area

Museum: Museo Geologico Giovanni Capellini
Museum: Museo Mineralogico e Geologico Estense

Colophon

Thanks to Lorenzo Battilani

Everybody using the fossil collecting location descriptions from this site has to respect the Collecting Code!
Search the Forum to find recent messages about this location.
Do you have additional info or corrections? REPORT



0