Holzmaden

Tue, 2010-09-14 21:11
Tuesday
08. June 2010
180 million years ago this was an warm, shallow ocean, the Jurassic sea, where ichthyosaurs and sea lilies, ammonites and belemnites lived.
The former super-continent Laurasia had already broken up, and most of today’s Europe had been flooded. Dead animals and plants sank to the bottom of the sea, forming a putrid mud of decomposing organic material.
The weight of more than 60 million years of material compressed this mud into layers of oily shale, which, elevated above sea level 130 million years before our time, still contains the fossils of the animals. In the shale quarry next to the museum visitors can search for fossils – don’t forget to bring a hammer and chisel!

Location

Holzmaden
Germany
48° 38' 5.5176" N, 9° 31' 38.406" E