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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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