New Date of the Fossil Show 2020

Date of the Fossil Show 2020 is the 04. and 05. April 2020.

Please note that the Date of the Fossil Show “Fossilien Boese” has Changed.

The Fossil Show 2020 will now be the 4th & 5th April 2020. This Fossils event that is known as “Fossilien Boerse” is therefore one weekend later than initially announced. The now Show date is the first weekend in April.

New date of the Fossil Show 2020.

Why a new date for the “Fossilien Boerse” Fossils Show 2020?

So why we have a new date for the show for fossil in 2020? The change of the date was necessary due constructional reasons during the ongoing renovation of the new Filderhalle. Unfortunately, these works could not be otherwise planed or would lead to problems in numerous follow up events at our event location. For more details we refer here to the official statement, in the the attachment.

We and the team of the Filderhalle hope to not cause any inconvenience. Together we discussed numerous options. Especcially Mr Jakoby, the CEO of the Filderhalle explored various options that might let us keep the initial date of the show. But none of these option would have provided us sufficient planning security for our fossil event in 2020. We had even considered to relocate the show to a other location. But we don’t want to miss the experience and the professional environment of the Filderhalle. In addition, the Filderhalle offers a excellent traffic accessibility and sufficient parking space.

The decision to change the date of the “Fossilien Boerse”, the Show for fossils was not easy for us. Nevertheless, we consider it the best solution to postpone the event by one week. Better to plan now early ahead than be sorry in short before the event. Right now everybody has a good chance to plan and adjust accordantly. So we are sure that will have our trade fair for fossils smoothly and easy as usual.

Are the fossil show vouchers and discount coupons are still valid ?

Of course, all vouchers remain valid for the reduced entry fee. Just the date of Fossils show has chanced. So you can redeem your discount even if you got a fossil show flyer with the old date on it.

We think that changed date of the fair is the best solution here. We look forward to a wonderfull fossil event on 04. – 05.4.2020 in the premises of the Fildehalle in Leinfelden Echterdingen.

The “Fossilien Boerse” Fossil show is the event for fossil collectors and those interested in paleontology and the history of life. Therefore, we want to announce the fair date as soon as possible.

Official Statement for now Date of the Fossilshow 2020

The Fossil Show “Fossilien-Boerse” in the Newspaper.

A press release of the Fossil Show 2019 called “Fossilien-Boerse”.

About the Fossil show in the newspaper “Esslinger Zeitung”
Front page of the newspaper about the Fossil Show.

The local newspaper “Esslinger Zeitung” reports on the Fossil Show.


On Monday the 8th April the newspaper printed a article about the event.
The report features the show from a various points of view. Like from the collectors and visitors of the show but also from the sellers perspective.
But also with Sönke simmonsen for the Steinkern.de Community along with a short interview with Dr. Günter Schweigert from the museum for national history in Stuttgart.
About the scientific importance of the collectors of fossils and hobby palaeontologists.

Main article in newspaper “Esslinger Zeitung” about the Fossil show 2019
Article about the Fossil Show “Fossilien-Boerse” in the news.

Kerstin Dannath from the “Esslinger Zeitung “ interviewed with experienced routine and took carefully notes.
As photographer for the paper made Mr. Bulgarin many pictures of the show of fossils. As the German title
Die Steine lassen einen nicht mehr los“ ( „The Stones / Fossils will get hold on you“ )
suggests is this article about the fascination of earth history and the evolution of life that can be experienced on this happening.

At this point we wish to thank the “Esslinger Zeitung” twice:
Fist of all we thank for the beautiful article, and second for the permission to share it here. Our congratulations to the daily readers of the newspaper, you profit from skilled and patient journalism.

This article is also available on line under : www.esslinger-zeitung.de

The Fossil Show Magazine 2019

Get the Fossil Show Magazine for free.

Fossil Show Magazine 2019 - Cover

The Fossil Show Magazine is also this year free for all visitors of the event. Its known as “Fossilien Börsenmagazin” and 2019 it is the 3rd issue.

On 52 pages this compact brochure features 10 articles about fossils. Together with the table plan and the exhibitor directory of this years Fossil show.  The fossil articles are in German or English. And cover difftent topics about fossil collecting and famous fossil sites. Also about  the preparation of fossils and featuring the paleontological exhibition at the Museum for National History in Mainz. A short field reports and more. The show is compact, informative and entraining.  On this year of the Fossilien Boerse one specimen featured in a article on exhibit. So that visitors of the show can examine its pristine quality live in nature.

Table of content of the Fossi Show Magazine 2019 “Fossilien Börsenmagazin”:

  • Andries Weug, Präparation eines Asaphus cornutus aus dem Geschiebe – page 4
  • Patrice Lebrun, Fossils from Morocco. (eng.) – page 10
  • Unlich Münder, Paläozoische Cephalopoden aus Schweden. page 14
  • Byron Blessed, Tucson Fossil and Mineral Showcase 2019 (eng.) – page 16
  • Olaf Schwitalla, Die Sandstahltechnik – page 19
  • Exhibitor directory 2019 – page 26
  • Klaus Bartl & Heiko Sonntag, About an Odontopleurid Trilobite from the upper Ordovician of Sweden (eng.) – page 36
  • Andy Secher, Trilobites of the Rochester Shale (eng.) – page 38
  • Dr. Angelika Hesse, Das Naturhistorische Museum Mainz und die neue Ausstellung zur Erdgeschichte von Rheinland-Pfalz – page 42
  • Richie Kurkewicz, Field Trip – An unexpected meeting in the middle of nowhere (eng.) – page 46
  • Udo Resch, Überarbeitung und Restauration eines Gyrodus aus Langenaltheim – page 48
  • Preview on the Fossil Show 2020 | imprint – page 51

Have your fossils book signed by the author.

This year you have the chance to have servile fossils books signed directly and personally by the author. Just at the same event.

Fossiles du Maroc – Fossils from Morocco Part 1

This year also the French fossil magazine “Fossiles” is represented at the Fossils show. Therefore, you can have your copy of “Fossils du Maroc – Fossils from Morocco” signed personally from the author.

Fossiles du Maroc - Fossils from Morocco von Patrice Lebrun, 2018
Fossils du Maroc – Fossils from Morocco
by Patrice Lebrun, 2018

„Fossiles du Maroc – Fossils from Morocco” is a fantastic introduction to the Palaeozoic of Anti-Atlas region of Morocco. On 304 pages with way more than 900 pictures featuring the many of the classical and some exotic Palaeozoic species from south morocco. This massive book is 1 first part it covers the Cambrian, Ordovician briefly the Silurian and of course the famous Devonian of south morocco. Even the carboniferous shortly been descried.
This book compiles a huge amount of primarily scientific publications. Since it also include extensive references to the primary literature. Therefore this book can easily also serve as a start point for serious research. Fossiles du Maroc – Fossils from Morocco is completely bilingual in English and French.

The chief editor and author Patrice Lebrun is looking forward to your visit on the Fossil Show. Of course, you can also buy this book directly on the show. As long the stocks last. But also the fantastic magazine itself will be available as well.

Trilobites of the British Isles

If you are interested in trilobites you should know “Trilobites of the British Isles” by Robert Kennedy and Sinclair Stammers.
On 384 pages and hundreds of high-resolution, this book introduces you to the diversity of the trilobite fauna of the British Isles.

Trilobites of the British Isles by Robert Kennedy & Sinclair Stammers, 2018

Since Dr. Kennedy is also represented on the Fossils show, you can have your copy signed directly.

Trilobites of the World

Also all about trilobites is “Trilobites of the World” by Pete Lawrance & Sinclair Stammers. Amzing 416 pages with more than 1000 first-class illustrations show the variety of trilobites worldwide.

Trilobites of the World by Pete Lawrance & Sinclair Stammers, 2004

Also Pete Lawrance is represented at the “Fossilien Boerse” and therefore you have the chance to let your copy be signed.

Ether if you bring your own book form home or you buy a copy directly on the show.


Free give away for visitors of the Fossil Show and chance to win.

Be a winner on the Fossilien Boerse, the show for Fossils.

With a little luck you can win this year of the show for fossils near Stuttgart just with your entrance ticket. You can find out if you are a winner directly on the show at the booth of the FSB Shop of Olaf Schwitalla with your ticket number.

Be a winner on the Fossil Show with the FSB Shop

On the table of the FSB Shop you find everything you need for the collecting of fossils.
From field equipment for the collecting and extracting of fossils over preparation tools and chemical aids for the fossil preparation such as Akemi stone glue or Rember fluat. You can get also aids for the presentation and organisation of your fossil finds.
You get here everything to collect your own fossils.

Get a free copy of the Fossil Journal “Fossilien – Erdgeschichte erleben” on the Fossil show 2018.

The first visitors of the Fossil show can receive a free example of the German Fossil Journal “FOSSILIEN – Erdgeschichte erleben”.

For the last 34 years, every two months, this magazine has produced interesting and up-to-date topics on paleontology and evolution as well as on fossils, landscapes, geology and rocks.

At the Fossilienbörse 2018, the first visitors will receive a free trial copy of the current edition 1/2018. (While stocks last)

Cover of the magazine "FOSSILIEN - Erdgeschichte erleben"

Further information about the german fossil magazine can be found on the homepage of the magazine “FOSSILIEN – Erdgeschichte erleben”

14th Archaeopteryx on the Fossil show “Fossilien-Börse 2017”

Sensation: The 14th specimen primitive Bird fossil Archaeopteryx from Solnhofan was sold  last Weekend on the Fossil Show “Fossilien Boerse  2017”

A Rare fossil of the species Archaeopteryx lithographica was sold at the Fossil show in Leinfelden Echterdingen near Stuttgart. It is the 14th find of its kind ever. It is better known as a primitive bird and as an icon of evolutionary theory. Since 1860 this is the 14th find of Archeopteryx ever. After the first find of the spring from the year 1860 as well as the first skeletal finds the “Londoner specimen” in 1861 this find was made just this winter 2016. It was already been sold on 26.03.2017 at the Fossilien-Börse.

Solnhofen Plate Archaeopteryx nr. 14 the 14th specimen of Archaeopteryx lithographica from Solnhofen

Even the fossil is only an incomplete skeletal fossil. That has no head and shows also no father imprints. It is doubtless a  sensation and a star hour of palaeontology. From the leading Solnhofen and Dinosaur experts this piece is lovingly called “Half Roasted Chicken”. Since it is an incomplete skeletal find that shows roughly 50% on the animal. Unfortunately the opposite side is not found. Also the name “Fossil Show Archaeopteryx ” is currently in use for this fossil. The finder Mr. S. Claus found this fossil during a walk in December last year as a isolated plate. Therefore, unfortunately, the opposite side and the connecting pieces are missing. Due to the importance of this find, an emergency excavation and search is currently under way in the lithographic limestone quarry. However, what is surplus in fossil substance will enable the research for the coming years to provide unprecedented insights into the way of life of the primitive birds from Solnhofen. In the region of the cervical vertebra, some Araucariae scales are preserved. This could be a first indication of an at least partially vegetarian diet of  Archeopteryx. Whether the Jurassic chicken  was interested ih the Araucaria seeds or insects hidden in the pin shed is still unclear. There is still a need for research in all cases.   The handover took place in the best tradition of the fossil show in underground car park. From one trunk to another. Many large and small fossil sensations have already changed their owners here . We wish a nice April 1st.

New Homepage for the fossil show “Fossilien-Boerse” in the Filderhalle near Stuttgart

We a happy to welcome you on our new homepage for the Fossil Show “Fossilien Boerse”.

The new website for the fossil show called “Fossilien-Boerse”  in the Filderhalle near Stuttgart is online .
This internet page for the Fossil Show  is available in German and finally in  English as well.
There are more event information available. Like further information’s  how to get to the show and the parking facilities and the P + R system of the city of Leinfelden-Echterdingen.
In addition, the internet page site is now better suited for viewing on mobile devices and can be better structured.
The old website of the Fossils Show is still available, but it is not updated anymore. The location  After the unexpected cancellation of Petrefakta 2015 in December 2014, a website for the new Fossil event had to be created fast. At that time, the event itself was not entirely safe to find place.  Many exhibitors, who had already booked the predecessors’ events, registered in a very short time, and presented a rich collection of fossils and paleontological exhibits from many countries. After two successful events, it will be time to adapt the homepage for this fossil event of the year. On March 25th and 26th, 2017, the next  show for fossil collectors , professional and hobby palaeontologists will once again present a uniquely concentrated and versatile range of fossils, collector’s items and palaeontological literature as well as fossil journals. Since 1996 is at this location a show for fossils and we look optimistic for the years that will come.

Here is a link to the old Fossils show Homepage, that was mainly published  in German language.

Fossil Show Banner Fossilien Boerse in the Filderhalle near Stuttgart