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Rhaetian Lorraine Region

Rhaetian fossils from the Lorraine region.

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Rhaetian fossils from the Lorraine region                                            Palaeontological Research: Elasmobranchii - Dep. H-o/d-B

The Lorraine region in Belgium and France is very rich in fossil remains. Most outcrops range from Triassic to Jurassic age, however, this website will focus on Rhaetian fossils from this region. 

The Rhaetian stage is the youngest Triassic stage, ranging from 203.6 to 199.6 million years old. Most fossils recovered from the Lorraine Rhaetian belong to marine vertebrates. Fossil bony fish remains as well as shark remains (hybodonts and early Neoselachians) are by far the most common. Bone fragments and teeth from marine reptiles are found less frequently. Occasionally, small teeth from early mammals as well as teeth from several extinct animal groups are found.

All of the fossils described and figured here were recovered over a period of several years from a temporary outcrop. The fossil remains were concentrated in several bonebeds of which the richest one was sampled. The deposits were probably littoral with continental influences (due to transportation by rivers). The purpose of this website is to present an overview of some of the -most common or striking- fossil vertebrate remains that have been found to date, with a strong focus on fossilized shark remains. The provided text has been kept as simple as possible. Efforts were made to reduce the number of complex terms. This general overview should be readable and understandable. To improve reading, text references such as references to articles and authors are left out. However, all the literature that was used to obtain the information that is synthetisized in the text is presented in the Bibliography section, as well as additional recommended literature on the time period, region and fossil genera discussed. Therefore, the texts you will read on this website will be based both on personal observations, as well as literature research. Whenever new relevant literature is being distributed, I try to read it and if necesseray I will update the text and bibligraphy.

This website is divided into several tabs. Each tab contains a few pictures per species and some explanatory text. For additional pictures, helping you to get a more detailed view of species specific variation, I'd like to direct you to the "Photo"-tab. Currently, efforts are being made to extend this section with more pictures.

Finally I'd like to thank all the people, both professionals and amateurs, that helped me gather the much needed information. Thanks to those who have provided me with gaps in my literature collection and thanks to those with whom I discussed several of the more difficult fossil specimens. You all know who you are. Finally, thank you for taking the time to read through this website. Enjoy!