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  1. October 2017 Finds of the Month

    It's officially Autumn, here in the US, and there is the beginnings of crispness is in the air. Apple picking, pumpkin carving, and trick or treating, traditional activities for this time of year, while fun, cannot compare to our fossil finding enthusiasm! For many in the Northern Hemisphere, time is running out to find that worthy fossil, and post it here. *********************************** Remember...PLEASE carefully read the rules below, ... make sure you include all the required information, and submit your fossil! If you have a question about a possible entry, please send me a PM. Please pay special attention to Rule #5: Before and After Preparation photos must be submitted for Prepped specimens not found during the Month of the Contest. In addition to keeping the contest fair, this new qualification will encourage better documentation of our spectacular past finds. Best of success to all, and good hunting! Entries will be taken until midnight on October 31st. Please let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for sharing more of your fossils and research this month. To view the Winning Fossils from past contests visit the Find Of The Month Winner's Gallery. *********************************** Rules for The Fossil Forum's Vertebrate and Invertebrate/Plant Find of the Month Contests 1. You find a great Vertebrate Fossil or Invertebrate/Plant Fossil! Only fossils found by you. NO PURCHASED FOSSILS. 2. Post your entry in the Find of the Month topic. Use a separate post for each entry. (Only two entries per contest category.) 3. Your Fossil must have been found during the Month of the Contest, or most of the significant Preparation of your Fossil must have been completed during the Month of the Contest. 4. You must include the Date of your Discovery (when found in the contest month); or the Date of Preparation Completion and Discovery date (if not found in the contest month). 5. Before and After Preparation photos must be submitted for prepped specimens not found during the Month of the Contest. 6. You must include the common or scientific name. 7. You must include the Geologic Age or Geologic Formation where the Fossil was found. 8. You must include the State, Province, or region where the Fossil was found. 9. Play fair and honest. No bought fossils. No false claims. Shortly after the end of the Month, separate Polls will be created for the Vertebrate and Invertebrate/Plant Find of the Month. In addition to the fun of a contest, we also want to learn more about the fossils. So, only entries posted with a CLEAR photo and that meet the other guidelines will be placed into the Poll. *******Please use the following format for the required information:******* Date of discovery Scientific or Common name Geologic Age or Geologic Formation State, Province, or Region found Photos (if prepped, before and after photos, please.) Photos of the winning specimens may be posted to TFF's Facebook page. Once the Contest Submission period has ended, after all the votes are tallied, and the Polls for both categories are closed, we will know the two winning Finds of the Month for OCTOBER - 2017 ! Now, go find your fossil, do your research, and make an entry!
  2. Check the entries below carefully and cast your vote! PM me if you notice any errors with the entries. The poll ends September 6th. Be sure to vote in our other FOTM poll, HERE. 1. Mosasaurus maximus Tooth - Late Cretaceous Wenonah Formation - Monmouth County, New Jersey 2. Associated Alligator Material - Oligocene Chandler Bridge Formation - Summerville, SC 3. Carcharocles angustidens Tooth (2.2") - Oligocene Chandler Bridge Formation - Summerville, SC 4. Tylosaurus proriger Jaw Section - Cretaceous Ozan Formation - North Sulphur River, Texas 5. Associated Ichthyosaur Bones - Lower Jurassic - Kromer Quarry, Germany 6. Mosasaur Premaxilla - Cretaceous Ozan Formation - North Sulphur River, Texas 7. Protemnodon Jaw Section - Pleistocene - Queensland, Australia 8. Lungfish Tooth Plate - Cretaceous - Marlboro, New Jersey, USA
  3. Bone or concretion

    Thank you to everyone who responded t my "sea Lion" id. I'm attaching pictures of large piece that was found in the same crate of what I thought was a sea lion - the brown coloring is the same... I have several other pieces but just sending the larger ones as to not take up your time. Thank you I am sending more pictures from different angles
  4. Unknown Vertebra

    So my friend recently bought a fossil and is unsure as to what exactly it is. We unfortunately don't know the formation or locality, but we are reasonably sure it is some sort of vertebra. Any help would be appreciated.
  5. Check the entries below carefully and cast your vote! PM me if you notice any errors with the entries. The poll ends August 6th. Be sure to vote in our other FOTM poll, HERE. 1. Saurorhynchus acutus Rostropremaxilla - Lower Jurassic Mulgrave Shale Member - Whitby, Yorkshire coast, England 2. Kronosaurus queenslandicus Pliosaur Tooth - Cretaceous Toolebuc Formation - Richmond, QLD, Australia <Images removed at poster's request> 3. Pachyrhizodus marathonensis Fish - Cretaceous Toolebuc Formation - Richmond, Queensland, Australia 4. Deinosuchus rugosus Vertebrae - Late Cretaceous Tar Heel and Bladen Formations - Eastern NC, USA 5. Carcharocles megalodon Shark Tooth - Miocene Hawthorne formation - Summerville, SC, USA
  6. Dear friends, Some weeks ago I bought a cretaceous skull from the Cretaceous Cenomanian from Morocco, but I am trying to classify it and I don´t find the proper classification in the bibliography from Morocco. I am considering that could be some type of species of turtle or even some type of species of other reptile (such as a sea snake). Could you please help me to define it? Many thanks!
  7. Cyclops and Dragon Tongues: How Real Fossils Inspired Giant Myths By Stephanie Pappas, Live Science, July 18, 2017 https://www.livescience.com/59837-how-real-fossils-inspired-giant-myths.html Romano, M. and Avanzini, M., 2017. The skeletons of Cyclops and Lestrigons: misinterpretation of Quaternary vertebrates as remains of the mythological giants. Historical Biology, pp. 1-24. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08912963.2017.1342640 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/317896323_The_skeletons_of_Cyclops_and_Lestrigons_misinterpretation_of_Quaternary_vertebrates_as_remains_of_the_mythological_giants Another paper is: Agnesi, V., Di Patti, C. and Truden, B., 2007. Giants and elephants of Sicily. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 273(1), pp. 263-270. https://iris.unipa.it/retrieve/handle/10447/18688/41318/Giants and Elephants of Sicily.pdf Yours, Paul H.
  8. Ice Age fossils emerge during Los Angeles subway dig Diana Kruzman , USA Today, July 10, 2017 https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/07/10/ice-age-fossils-emerge-los-angeles-subway-dig/103026368/ Yours, Paul H.
  9. University researchers comb Big Horn Basin for tiny fossils by Tracie Mitchell, Northern Wyoming Daily News, July 5, 2017 http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/news/wyoming/article_66b4b8d4-1390-578c-8e36-ffe6b51bf123.html Yours, Paul H.
  10. MacDougall, M.J., Tabor, N.J., Woodhead, J., Daoust, A.R. and Reisz, R.R., 2017. The unique preservational environment of the Early Permian (Cisuralian) fossiliferous cave deposits of the Richards Spur locality, Oklahoma. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, vol. 475, pp.1-11. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mark_Macdougall2 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/313589380_The_unique_preservational_environment_of_the_Early_Permian_Cisuralian_fossiliferous_cave_deposits_of_the_Richards_Spur_locality_Oklahoma?ev=prf_high http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0031018217301669 Yours, Paul H.
  11. The winner of the 2017 VFOTM contest goes to.... The Sloth Claw and Associated Phalanx from the Pleistocene of Southwest Florida! Congrats to @jcbshark on the find and the win!
  12. Check the entries below carefully and cast your vote! PM me if you notice any errors with the entries. The poll ends June 6th. Be sure to vote in our other FOTM poll, HERE. 1. Sloth Claw and Associated Phalanx - Pleistocene - Southwest Florida 2. Mastodon Tooth - Pleistocene - Texas 3. Clidastes (Mosasaur) Jaw Section w/ Replacement Teeth - Late Cretaceous Ozan Formation - North Sulphur River, Texas 4. Stratodus Palatine Bone - Late Cretaceous Ozan Formation - North Sulphur River, Texas 5. Tapir Jaw w/ Teeth - Pleistocene - Texas
  13. Check the entries below carefully and cast your vote! PM me if you notice any errors with the entries. The poll ends May 6th. Be sure to vote in our other FOTM poll, HERE. 1. Ischyodus bifurcatus Ratfish Jaw - Late Cretaceous Wenonah Formationc - Ramanessin Brook, Monmouth County, New Jersey 2. Canis dirus (Dire Wolf) Jaw - Pleistocene - Peace River, Florida 3. Fish Vertebra - Miocene - Pleistocene - Peace River, Florida 4. Pathological Isurus planus - Miocene Round Mountain Silt Formation - Bakersfield, CA 5. Alligator Osteoderm - Pleistocene - Peace River, Florida 6. Diplurus newarki Coelacanth - Late Triassic Lockatong Formation - North Bergen, New Jersey 7. Ray Plate - Miocene - Portugal 8. Partial Plesiosaur Vertebrae & Bone - Triassic - Aust, Gloucestershire, UK 9. Crocodile Vertebra - Paleocene Aquia Formation - Virginia 10. Wooly Rhino Tooth - Pleistocene - Zandmotor, Netherlands 11. Cochliodus Tooth - Pennsylvanian LaSalle Limestone, Bond Formation - LaSalle County, IL
  14. Just two oldies I never IDed

    Anyone have an idea on which carcharadon this came from? also, any ideas on this jaw fragment? -J
  15. First six-incher

    So I was cruising the bottom, checking boulders and my right hand hit something hard. It felt like a big bone chunk. Then my left hand swung around and felt the other side. Symmetrical. That's when I started getting interested. Then I felt the enamel. It just kept going and going down into the mud. At this point, I'm reciting the fossil hunter's littany, "Please be whole, please be whole, please be whole!" It was! 6 3/16" my first six-incher.
  16. Online PDF file of paper about radioactive fossils from Teton County, Wyoming: Smith, K.G., and Bradley, D.A., Radioactive fossil bones in Teton County, Wyoming: Geological Survey of Wyoming [Wyoming State Geological Survey] Report of Investigations 4, 12 p., 7 figs. Open Access http://sales.wsgs.wyo.gov/radioactive-fossil-bones-in-teton-county-wyoming/ http://sales.wsgs.wyo.gov/geology/new-category/ Yours, Paul H.
  17. This was an incredible month for vertebrates! Check the entries and cast your vote. The poll ends April 6th. Be sure to vote in our other FOTM poll, HERE. 1. Petalodus Chondricthyan Tooth - Mississippian St. Louis Limestone Formation - Cumberland Plateau, USA 2. Mosasaur Angular w/ Predation Marks & Possible Shark Tooth - Cretaceous Ozan Formation - Texas, USA 3. Juvenile Mastodon Tooth - Pleistocene - Charleston, South Carolina 4. Plesiosaur Tooth & Ichthyosaur Paddle Digit - Triassic Westbury Formation - Gloucester, United Kingdom 5. Legless Amphibian (Phlegethontia longissima) - Carboniferous Carbondale Formation - Illinois, USA 6. 3.25" C. hastalis Shark Tooth - Miocene Round Mountain Formation - Sharktooth Hill, California 7. Whale Tooth (Possibly Aulophyseter morricei) - Miocene Round Mountain Formation - Sharktooth Hill, California
  18. In your opinion, what is the weirdest fossil vertebrate? I would like to see pictures! I will start out with the Helicoprion shark!
  19. The discussion whether the "Tully monster" is a vertebrate or not is ongoing and the mystery still not resolved : link to the "pro" article on Nature: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature16992.html and the "contra" article: THE ‘TULLY MONSTER’ IS NOT A VERTEBRATE: CHARACTERS, CONVERGENCE AND TAPHONOMY IN PALAEOZOIC PROBLEMATIC ANIMALS.pdf Have fun Thomas
  20. Hello again! My son is currently having his nap, my daughter is watching a movie, and I'm procrastinating from marking student assignments by going through some of the Peace River, Florida fossils that @digit was nice enough to send me along with the items I won in a recent "rolling auction." I really have very little idea regarding what I have in my possession, but I'm going to post some pictures with my thoughts and I'd appreciate any feedback that can be given - thanks in advance!!! Monica Photo #1: three marine mammal bullae (middle/inner ear bones) [Note: Ken gave me a heads-up that these might be bullae - I didn't come up with that identification myself, unfortunately ] - is there any way to figure out what type of marine mammal they came from?
  21. sunnyside up

    This contains,I believe,useful information. Regional interest:Iberia,Europe oolo
  22. UNLV researchers puzzle over tracks left near Gold Butte that predate dinosaurs by Henry Brean, Las Vegas review-Journal. November 6, 2016 http://www.lasvegasnow.com/news/ancient-reptile-footprints-found-in-nevada/605337375 http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/science-and-technology/unlv-researchers-puzzle-over-tracks-left-near-gold-butte-predate Stephen Rowland In The News, University of Las Vegas https://www.liedinstitute.com/news/experts/in-the-news/83463 Desert Sands Freeze-Framed Dinosaur Tracks By Linda Faas, Mesquite Citizen Journal http://mesquitecitizen.com/viewnews.php?newsid=6772&id=16 Yours, Paul H. Triassic Gold Butte Clark county
  23. From Bonebeds to Paleoecology

    From Bonebeds to Paleoecology by Don Brinkman Extinct: The Philosophy of Palaeotology http://www.extinctblog.org/extinct/2016/7/11/paleoecology-in-the-badlands http://blogs.plos.org/paleocomm/2016/08/04/from-the-community-from-bonebeds-to-paleoecology/ Yours, Paul H.
  24. I've been away on business in Florida and had a chance on Sunday to visit the Florida Museum of Natural History. Actually, I had only enough time to visit the gift shop and check to see if they were selling those mammoth Christmas cards (mammoth skeleton on the front - the cards themselves are not gigantic) they have sold in the past. They had them and I was just going to buy a bunch of those but I looked around the shop for extra Christmas presents when I spotted a new publication for sale: Boyd, B. M. 2016 Fossil sharks and rays of Gainesville creeks Alachua County, Florida: Hawthorn Group (middle Miocene to lower Pliocene.Florida Paleontological Society Special Papers (February 2016). 40p. The price is $10 and you can order it through the society's website: floridapaleosociety.com I haven't had time to read it but it has some nice color photos of teeth and other shark/ray fossils. I looks like something to pick up because the tooth descriptions are detailed including those for some Carcharhinus species - always interesting to shark tooth collectors. The museum is great, so if you can, check it out. Admission is free except for the permanent Butterfly Rainforest exhibit and whatever traveling exhibit being hosted ("Wicked Plants" for about another month). Dump some change in the donation box and buy something in the gift shop.