Fossiljagt på mors

The Fossil Hunt

In the western part of the Limfjord, in the MoClay at Vesthimmerland and Mors' coasts, as well as in North Jutland limestone quarries, there are great options to go fossil hunting and get acquainted with the animals and plants of the past. Bring a hammer hammer and get new experiences.

MoClay at the Limfjord

The MoClay (Moler) in the Limfjord is a mecca if you have an interest in finding your own fossils. The unique MoClay, which is not found anywhere else in the world, is known for its abundant fossil fish, insects, reptiles, birds, and plants that lived 55-53 million years ago. The sea was full of fish then, making it easier to find fossil remains from them now. But it is also possible to find birds and insects as they were blown out over the sea and ended their days on the bottom of the sea. The MoClay pits and beaches on Nordmors are great spots, just as Ertebølle beach in Vesthimmerland also offers good opportunities to find fossils.

The fossils tell a story about the earth, the climate, and development. You can have a look into the life of animals and plants of that time. You will most certainly feel the fantastic buzz of history when you "crack open" a stone and it contains remains of an animal that had its life in a completely different time period.

Fossiljagt på mors

Fossils in Limestone Quarries

In many limestone quarries, e.g. Skillingbro in Rebild or Vokslev near Aalborg, you have the opportunity to go hunt the life of the past. In the 60 million years old limestone layer with bryozoal limestone hides marine moss animals, a phylum of small aquatic animals living in colonies. These are the ones you can often see in the chalk with an ordinary. magnifying glass. In addition, keep an eye out for fossilized sea urchins, shark teeth, clams, corals and sea lilies.


Fossil Hunt

You can easily go fossil hunting yourself. In the MoClay graves, you will find the best options, but a walk on the beach is also great. If you have not been on a fossil hunt before, it is good to start your trip at the Fossil and MoClay Museum. Experience the world's best collection of fossils from MoClay, and have some advice from the museum's staff. They are happy to demonstrate how you do and tell you about your findings. You have the option to rent a hammer at the museum, should you not have brought your own.

However, it is important to be aware that you must not dig in the slopes! Instead, you may use the stones in the area. The vast majority of finds must be taken home, however, things like birds and turtles are referred to as 'Danekræ' and must be handed to the museum.


How to split stones when you are on a fossil hunt

The process is really simple and everyone can participate. You will need to find a good piece of MoClay or limestone. You give the "stone" a small hit, with the notch or hammer, and the stone will crack lengthwise. Now you should be able to open your piece of log to see if there is a treasure hiding. Here it can be a great idea to bring a magnifying glass, this way you can study it closely if necessary. If you have a win, you are welcome to bring your treasure home. Bird and turtle fossils are designated as Danekræ and must be submitted to the museum.

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