Bundenbach Fossil 
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Hunsruck Slate










Trilobites etc.



Fish etc.

We offer you the largest selection of Bundenbach Fossils in the web. Since slate mining ended 1999, primarily old collections that are entrusted to us come into consideration as sources of supply. If you are looking for a special fossil, we will support you with advice and action. Interested in purchasing single specimens and collections as well, we would be happy to make you a fair offer. Get in contact!

Available Bundenbach Fossils

Bundenbach_Starfish_Furcaster decheni
Bundenbach_Starfish_Loriolaster mirablilis
Bundenbach_Crinoids_Hapalocrinus frechi
Bundenbach_Crinoids_Taxocrinus stuertzii
Bundenbach_Cystoids_Regulaecystis pleurocystoides
Bundenbach_Homalozoa_Rhenocsystis latipedunculata
Bundenbach_Arthropoda_Nahecaris stuertzi
Bundenbach_Arthropoda_Chotecops ferdinandi
Check our archive for sold Starfish, Crinoids and Trilobites.
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We buy directly from collectors or offer on behalf of owners - both at fair prices with no dealers in between or overhead costs. This is why pieces offered by FOSSILAND are typically sold soon. So stay alert and
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In the Office


We evaluate individual fossils or entire collections. Our market knowledge is based on more than 30 years of observation of the domestic and international market.
Independent expert opinions from Fossiland meet the highest standards of objectivity and market conformity. We also competently support you in choosing the appropriate marketing strategy for high-quality fossils.


Your collection

Fossil Purchase

You want to sell your fossils?
As an alternative to an expert evaluation, we offer you a purchase price offer for outstanding individual items or collections. Ask us, we will make you a fair offer.


In the Lab


A professional preparation creates the decisive "added value" of a fossil. Not only do we have the necessary state-of-the-art "tools," but we also have the skills we need to achieve results that meet the highest scientific and aesthetic standards.

About us

Growing up in the Southwestern part of Germany and living in old town Tuebingen, my fascination by geology and paleontology became my profession. While I was initially interested in fossils from nearby Holzmaden and crinoids from all over the world, my passion today is focussed on Bundenbach fossils. These are not only scientifically unique, why the term "Lagerstaette" was initially applied by Prof. Seilacher, Tuebingen, to this fossil site. Also in terms of aesthetics these fossils are of specific graphic quality and thus sought after.


About Bundenbach

The classic locality of Bundenbach in the Hunsrueck is the most important fossil occurrence from the time of the Lower Devonian (Emsium). The state of preservation, some in skin preservation, reveal unique details that can be seen by means of X-rays or professional preparation. Historically, its use as roofing slate can be traced back to Roman times. The black shale fossils attracted splitters and collectors ever since. Immerse into the Devonian world around 400 million years ago!

And in the huts the splitters sit day in, day out and year after year, splitting the thick slabs to the thickness of roofing slate. Now and then they find figures and put them sideways”.

The roofing slates of Bundenbach represent the world's most important fossil deposit for crinoids and starfish of the Paleozoic Era.

The fossils owe the uniqueness of their preservation to special circumstances. The remains of organisms are often pyritized as a result of early diagnostic bacterial processes and, in addition to mechanical preparation, allow imaging using X-ray technology.

The fact that the fossils were preserved during the subsequent mountain formation in the Carboniferous (350 - 280 million) is thanks to a particular stroke of luck: The marine deposits were pressed into the depths under enormous pressure and clamped between the continents Gondwana (Ur -Africa) in the South and Laurussia in the North. The tectonic forces (foliation) acted almost exactly perpendicular to the original stratification, which is why the fossils were not sheared but were preserved.
Its use as roofing slate can be traced back to the Roman fortress of Xanten. The village of Bundenbach was first mentioned in documents in 1283. The systematic mining started at the beginning of the 16th century and was spread over over 600 pits in the area. While the "figures" in the stone were initially kept as whims of nature, their scientific significance was first recognized in 1862 by C.F. Römer. With the discovery of X-rays in 1895, the fossils could be made photographically visible. The use of this technique by W.M. Lehmann 1932 onwards, allowed for the first time a gentle preparation of the often filigree fossils. Between 1970 and 1986 W. Stürmer, a physicist at Siemens, carried out around 30,000 high-resolution X-rays - a valuable source of scientific research.
The spectacular abundance of fossils and their preservation Prof. A. Seilacher considered exemplary for „Fossillagerstätten - a term that is in the following used worldwide for "rocks that contain an unusual amount of palaeontological information in terms of quality and quantity." 

The paleoenvironment, long time the subject of controversial discussions, was only rudimentarily clarified in 1997 as a result of the „Nahecaris“ Project.

Just when after a long interruption scientific investigation of this worlwide unique fossil site was intensified again, the roof slate mining in Bundenbach (Eschenbach-Bocksberg quarry) was stopped in 1999 due to economical reasons.


The findings of Sea Lilies, Starfish, Trilobites and Fish have been famous for 150 years - there is no prominent natural science museum that does not exhibit Bundenbach Fossils, revealing incredible details.

Bundenbach is also the place where the early history of the arthropods can be studied, here fossils were found that explain the morphology and way of life of today's arthropods.

Another unique find is Captopodus poschmanni, named in honor of M. Poschmann from the General Directorate for Cultural Heritage Rhineland-Palatinate. An enigmatic, Arthropod, that probably moved by swimming.


"It is very regrettable that such finds cannot be seen in their entirety in a modern information center in Bundenbach itself, so that the finds would do justice to their worldwide importance" (Dr. Wuttke). Bundenbach - a site that deserves Unesco World Heritage status!

It is all the more important to preserve these fossil treasures and to recall their uniqueness. We offer collectors the opportunity to acquire unique fossils and also provide information on fossil identificationpreparation and history.

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