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february 2020
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Location description

In the area of Pierrerue (close to Forcalquier), Miocene and Oligocene strata are exposed along the roads. Sometimes fossils can be found in these deposits

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All of the sites can be reached by taking the D12 from Forcalquier in the direction of Lurs/Sisteron. Go left onto the D212 to Pierrerue, and follow this road in the direction of Sigonce/Fontienne. After this, turn left to Pierrerue, following the D212. There are tree known sites:

  1. After about 1500 meters, turn right to the hamlet of St. Pierre (this is also the D212). At the little bridge over the river, there is a bankment, where fossils can be found. Here, mostly fossil moulds of Pecten, Ostrea, brachiopods of the Helvetien (Serravalian-Langhian) can be found. 
  2. From the D212, go straight (in stead of to St. Pierre), in the direction of Sigonce/Fontienne. This road has no number. About 2500 after the turn left in Pierrerue, there is a fossil site next to the road. There is a farmhouse on the righthand site, the fossil locality is just along the road across the farmhouse, on the lefthand side. Here, mostly pectinids and fragments of echinoids from the Burdigalian can be found. 
  3. When you continue along this road, there is another fossil site (approximately 3.5 km from the turn left in Pierrerue). You will come across a small road to the hamlet of Le Liman. Here you can find fossils at the righthand side of the road. This site is not particularly rich. Mostly brachiopods and gastropods form the Chattian (Oligocene).  
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Moslty bivalves and gastropods

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Literature recommended by members

  • Mongin, D., 1952: Gastropodes et Lamellibranches du Burdigalien de Provence.
    Uitgave van Museum National d\'Histoire Naturelle, Nouvelle serie, Serie C, Tome II, Fascicule 2
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  • Philippe, M., 1998: Les échinides miocènes du bassin du Rhône : révision systématique. Première partie et Deuxième partie. Annexes. Publicaties du musée des Confluences Année 1998
    Zeeegelbeschrijvingen van zeeegels die gevonden worden in het Rhône-basin
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Thanks to Pierre Verbraak

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