Name: The Hunsrück Slate
Location: Western Germany
Age: Devonian


The Hunsrück slate (Hunsrückschiefer) occurs in a NW-SE trending belt 150km long by 15km wide. This belt is situated mainly south of the River Mosel and west of the Rhine in western Germany.

 Diagram showing the the location of the Hunsrück slate. Used by kind permission of Bartels, Briggs and Brassel and the Cambridge University Press, taken from the book titled 'Fossils of the Hunsruck Slate, Marine life in the Devonian' published by Cambridge University Press, p. 5, figure 4


The Rhine and its tributaries have exposed the slate layers allowing access to the deposits. Most of the famous fossils have been discovered in the Bundenbach area.

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