Deutsche Fossilien aus Holzmaden
a picturesque place near the Swabian Alb in southern Germany, world famous for its fossil finds.
If you have ever heard of Ichthyosaurus, you are surely familiar with Holzmaden - one of the most famous sites for marine reptiles.
The Posidonia Shale around Holzmaden, about 180 million years old, was formed by favorable depositional conditions of a tropical shallow sea once located there from the Jurassic period.
There, the best preserved remains of the marine life of that time can be found, such as ammonites, belemnites and shells.
Also finds like fossil driftwood (gagat), fish, bones of marine reptiles, like the world-famous Ichthyosaurus or even single remains of pterosaurs are possible.
The heyday of the extraction of the Posidonia slate in Holzmaden is unfortunately over. However, for hobby collectors and tourists there is still the possibility to find souvenirs from that time itself in the visitor quarry Kromer.