Excursions > Pre and Post field trips

Paris will allow all participants to enjoy the French art de vivre. In addition to Paris and its vicinity, field excursions will offer the opportunity to (re)discover many aspects of France and of Belgium and Italy.

France is unique for the outstanding richness and importance of its fossil localities, all easily acces-sible, with all periods of the Phanerozoic geological time represented. Some of the earliest geological maps were produced here by Cuvier and Brongniart, and many stratotypes (Cenomanian, Givetian, Lutetian, Turonian, etc.) are located here.

Among the most famous Konservat-Lagerstätten are those of Montceau-les-Mines (Late Carboniferous), La Voulte-sur-Rhône (Middle Jurassic), and the Cenozoic sites of Coiron and Sansan. The best European Palaeocene terrestrial fossil localities are found near Reims. Cretaceous sites in Charentes provides dinosaurs as well as fossils in amber. Recently, geological reserves or geologi-cal parks were created, sometimes associated with stratotypes. Among them are Saucats-La Brède (Aquitanian), Digne-les-Bains (Barremian, Aptian), Hettange-Grande (Hettangian), Pointe de Givet (Givetian), Sainte Victoire mountain, etc. These constitute a number of attractive spots for geologists and palaeontologists.


The Conference organizers cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property of participants, either during or indirectly arising from the IPC5 field trips. Participants are advised to take out their own personal health and travel insurance for their trip.

icon8 Anjou noir, Anjou blanc, Anjou rouge: paleontology and geology of the Loire Valley

The castle of Angers5 days

In the historical province of Anjou, at the west of Paris, the contact between the layers of the Basin of Paris (Mesozoic and Cenozoic) and those of the Armorican Massif (Proterozoic to Paleozoic) allows, along the Loire valley, the observation of fossiliferous outcrops., landscape diversity, architectural heritage, but also famous vineyards. A 3 days fieldtrip, departing from Paris, will make possible a discovery of the geological, heritage and cultural potential of the visited places.

icon5 Excavations at the Early Cretaceous Dinosaur Bonebed of Angeac-Charente

Excavations at the Early Cretaceous Dinosaur Bonebed of Angeac-Charente5 days

This field trip will be an "unique opportunity" to participate in the 2018 excavation campaign at Angeac-Charente locality with the team of around 30 people. Participants will live with the team at the Angeac School (sleeping in tents, picnics in vineyards)

Visit of the Angoulême Museum, a Pineau des Charentes wine storehouse.
Participation in the "famous" dinner of the "Confrérie du Grand Sauropode".
Charente river boat ride on a traditional flatbottomed boat (Gabare).

icon10 Geology‚ wine and culture: Jura‚ Bourgogne and Champagne

Geology‚ wine and culture: Jura‚ Bourgogne and Champagne6 days

The fieldtrip offers a visit through the most famous area of wine making close to Paris: Jura, Bourgogne and Champagne. Wine is part of French culture and one the most renowned cultural product of France. Century old wine business has strongly shaped the landscape, enriched and made the cultural heritage of cities visited during the fieldtrip (Arbois, Beaune, Dijon or Reims). There is an obvious link between geology and land use. The fieldtrip will  highlight geology, history, local culture, visits of vineyards and cellars, all aspects embraced into the French word “terroir”.

icon6 Jurassic from Normandy

 Jurassic from Normandy2 days

This field trip will be dedicated to the discover the fabulous vestiges from the past of Normandy’s history in the Jurassic Period : the cliffs of ‘Les Vaches Noires’ (Black Cows), bajocian stratotype and Paleospace museum.



icon8 Jurassic from Northern Burgundy to Lyon area: fossils‚ wine and patrimonial aspects

Jurassic from Northern Burgundy to Lyon area: fossils‚ wine and patrimonial aspects4 days

Famed the world over for its wines, Burgundy is one of the great historic regions of France. This field trip will enable you to discover the various aspects of this region :
Coral-based reefs of North Burgundy (Oxfordian, Upper Jurassic), Museum of Semur-en-Auxois (which contains a huge Sinemurian fossil collection) and visit of the stratotypic sections (and others) of the Sinemurian stage (Lower Jurassic). The Corton Hill (producing some of the most famous Burgundian wines): Jurassic limestones as a key element for Burgundian wines, wine testing party and visit of Beaune city-center.
Belmont-d’Azergues quarry and fossils (Lower and Middle Jurassic).

icon11 Le Regourdou (Dordogne): “the cave of the Neandertal Man who saw the bear”

Le Regourdou (Dordogne): “the cave of the Neandertal Man who saw the bear”2 days

Dordogne is very well known all over the world as the “capitale de la Préhistoire”, UNESCO world heritage classified in 1979, because of its unique site concentration of Middle to Upper Palaeolithic times site with a unique association of Neandertal burial sites and UP painted or graved caves. The visit will focus on one MP site : Regourdou which has delivered the most ancient Neandertal skeleton and to another place : the Musée national de Préhistoire or a UP cave or rock shelter : Rouffignac, Cap Blanc.


icon9 Luberon & Haute-Provence palaeontological sites (Southeast France)

Luberon & Haute-Provence palaeontological sites (Southeast France)5 days

This field trip will enable you to visit the ‘Haute Provence Geopark’ located in Southeastern France in the foothills of the Western Alps.
Visit open-air Museum, large ammonites slab and land art site.
Dugong valley & Ichthyosaurus site.
Birds tracks and Esclangon panorama and clues de Barles.


icon12 Mid-Late Palaeozoic of western Europe: the Belgian Classics

Mid-Late Palaeozoic of western Europe: the Belgian Classics3 days

This three-day field trip will be dedicated to the Devonian–Carboniferous succession of Belgium (Namur–Dinant Basin). The sedimentary successions of southern Belgium and northern France display a large range of siliciclastic and carbonate facies, including several types of carbonate mounds. This classical area was historically used for Palaeozoic geology and palaeontology and it is here that numerous historical stages have been recognized, and some officially ratified by the International Union of Geological Sciences, including the Givetian, Frasnian, Famennian, Tournaisian, and Viséan.

icon7 Montceau-les-Mines Lagerstätte (Carboniferous) and Autunian Stratotype (Permian)

Montceau-les-Mines Lagerstätte (Carboniferous) and Autunian Stratotype (Permian)2 days

This field trip is dedicated to the Carboniferous and Permian faunas and floras of the French Massif Central. It includes the visit of the exhibitions of the regional Museum of Autun where are housed exceptionally preserved organisms both from the Autunian stratotype outcrops and from the Stephanian Montceau-les-Mines nodules, and a privileged access to the collections of type specimens. A visit of the historical outcrops of the Autunian stratotype is also planned with five stops in the Autun basin (including a field guide).



icon8 Permian and Mesozoic environments in southern France

Permian and Mesozoic environments in southern France5 days

Excursions on Permian, Rhetian and maastrichtian fields with some degustations of local wines and restauration, traditionnal villages trip and landscapes stops.

The goal of this excursion is to show paleontologic diversity of South of France.



icon12 The end-Permian mass extinction and the Early Triassic biotic recovery in the Dolomites (Southern Alps‚ Italy)

Permian and Mesozoic environments in southern France4 days

This field trip will enable you to visit key-sections of the Dolomites (Southern Alps, Italy) recording the last moment of Paleozoic life, the end Permian mass extinction, the Early Triassic survival and biotic recovery phases which occurred in the shallow marine environment of western Tethys. During the field trip, the landscape ofthe Dolomites (UNESCO World Heritage) and local museums will be observed and visited.


icon5 The Late Jurassic dinosaur trackways from Jura

The Late Jurassic dinosaur trackways from Jura5 days

This field trip will enable you to discover geological history of Ain in particular the paleontological sites of the tracks of dinosaurs discovered in the region.

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