Fossils on the streets of New York

The streets of New York hide some stunning urban fossils unheeded by the hurrying passers-by. Dinosaur-palaeontologist Dr. Kenneth Lakovara has found many of these hidden treasures and let us know about them. A couple of years ago,Dr Lacovara went fossil-hunting on the streets of this city and described some of these fossils in in ABC's Born to Explore TV series.
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Urban fossils of Brussels

Most of the buildings of downtown Brussels have been built with artificial materials such as bricks and concrete. Natural construction stones are not very common around this city, therefore using artificial construction materials is quite common in the region. However, some streets and squares of Brussels have been paved with a dark limestone (see photograph below) with a very rich and interesting fossil content.

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Marine fossils on the streets of Amsterdam

The city of Amsterdam hides very good examples of urban fossils on building walls and the pavements of streets and squares. As Annemieke van Roekel describes in her book «Discover Fossils in Downtown Amsterdam», the Carboniferous limestone known as "bluestone" has been used for centuries as a construction stone on pavements, façades, staircases, windowsills, etc. Since this rock is very rich in marine fauna, you can find interesting urban fossils on a walk through the city's historic centre. Read More…
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