Erzberg Mine in Austria: An iron ore reserve with a long tradition

Dr Robert Sturm (Austria). The Erzberg Mine is situated in the Austrian county of Styria. From a geological point of view, it belongs to the so-called greywacke zone, which represents a band of Palaeozoic metamorphosed sedimentary rocks intercalated between the Northern Limestone Alps and the Central Alps. The Erzberg Mine … Read More

Trilobites: A short introduction

Dr Robert Sturm (Austria). Many people interested in palaeontology and collecting fossils have either found fragments of trilobites in the field or marvelled at fossil examples of these animals displayed in museums around the world. Although they are essential components of palaeontological collections, thereby acting as index fossils for the … Read More

Weird world of fossil worm cocoons

Stephen McLoughlin, Benjamin Bomfleur and Thomas Mörs (Sweden). Fossil hunters occasionally chance upon small glossy red to amber-coloured, roughly circular objects on bedding planes, when they crack open shales that were deposited in ancient swamps and rivers. These curious fossils range from about a millimetre in diameter up to the … Read More