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    Default Postcard from Jurassic



    Hello all,

    before leaving for our August – September holidays and shopping trips, Bryan has asked me to send some postcards.
    So, here we are.

    Holzmaden is close to Stuttgart, and the Hauff Urwelt-Museum is definitely worth of a visit.

    The Jurassic paleontology collections of the fossils in the oil shelves of the Swabian Jura, excavated around Holzmaden by the Hauff family members, date back to 1866.
    The museum has been founded by Bernhard Hauff in 1912.

    Now, this private museum offers 1,000 square meters of exhibition space showing some fantastic big
    and excellently preserved fossils.

    Really amazing is the Hall of Crinoids,

    The Hall of Crinoids in Muesum Hauff.jpg

    The mosaic of the plates at left is 18m long and 6m high. It shows a 12m long tree trunk with 100 crinoids, each of them sized up to 1m. The excavation and the preparation works have occupied the Hauff’s team over 18 years.

    Not less spectacular are the big ichthyosaurs, like the nearly 8m long Leptopterygius,

    Leptopterygius 780cm long in Muesum Hauff.jpg

    The preparation techniques are nicely documented in the reconstructed 19th century preparation room of the Hauff family,

    19th Century Preparation Room in Muesum Hauff.jpg

    showing the plate camera for the photo documentations, and the old Zeiss stereo microscope,
    and the preparation tools of course.

    The Hauff family members have been awarded for their contributions to paleontology with the honorary Dr. h. c., and with the professorship appointments at the universities.

    I have been lucky to meet the director Rolf Bernhard Hauff for a short talk. We have already met before in Holzmaden many years ago.

    Our other paleontology related trips have been two excursions for the school kids to the Solnhofen Jurassic quarries.
    I have been appointed as one of the excursion supervisors.

    Solnhofen is famous for the first time excavated Archeopteryx – the bird-like dinosaur, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archaeopteryx , and the museums in Solnhofen and in the nearby Eichstätt are also worth of a visit.

    As we still have some railways, our groups took a train to get to Solnhofen.

    Solnhofen has opened a hobby quarry, where both the kids and the collectors of fossils can try their luck.
    The following pic shows one of our groups in the hobby quarry,

    Solnhofen Hobby Quarry.jpg

    A collectors log cabin offers hammers for rent, and drinks for little cash.

    Solnhofen Collectors Log Cabin.jpg

    And when you have found just nothing, then you can buy some fossil from the log cabin owner,
    or in a shop close to the railway station down in the valley.

    Since the Solnhofener Fisch became seldom, the prices for well preserved petrified fish have climbed over 99 EUR, and that’s quite a lot for a dead fish. Hence, I have obtained my 4th Solnhofener Fisch together with other thingies in a home auction in September for 33.00 EUR,

    Leptolepides haertesi Solnhofen.jpg

    All in all, this Leptolepides haertesi is a nice and very well preserved piece of fossil fish.
    The rear side of the plate reveals the inscription “Solnhofen”, written in the old German Sütterlin letters,
    so the plate may have been excavated and sold some 50 to 90 years ago.

    Hoping you have enjoyed the postcards,

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    Default Re: Postcard from Jurassic

    Great stuff JG, thanks for posting.
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    Default Re: Postcard from Jurassic

    Very interesting! I like it a lot!
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    Cool stuff JG!
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    That was cool... Thanks for the brief tour!
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    Default Re: Postcard from Jurassic

    That's great. I love paleontology.
    I collect ammonite and brachiopod fossils from the Jurassic period. I find most of my fossils in Oregon and some in Washington.
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    Default Re: Postcard from Jurassic

    Hi JG. Very nice views of the Hauff Urwelt-Museum and also of the grounds. I enjoyed looking at these, as well as reading your history descriptions too. Thanks for sharing this with us on here JG, and the very best of regards.
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    Thank you for sharing that, JG! Very interesting indeed. That had to be a great visit.
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    Hello Caddman,

    my special field in the hobby paleontology is the microscopy of the cell structures and their mineralization in the Permian fossil trees. That's my hobby for the periods of bad weather forcing me towards the indoor activities.

    Hello Marshall,

    I knew that this postcard will attract your attention, as you are another friend of fossils, minerals, and gemstones.

    Thank you all for the kind comments,

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    Wow thats just great. It all looks quiet exciting. Thank you for posting it. Enjoy yourself.
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