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  1. Here we are with our 2020 IPFOTY contest entries. These are all 12 of our IPFOTM winners from 2020, listed in the order of the month they won. Carefully review these entries and vote for the one you think deserves the title of 2020 Invertebrate / Plant Fossil Of The Year! Poll closes on the 24th of January just before midnight. You can also vote for the 2020 Vertebrate Fossil Of The Year contest HERE. 1. Belotelson magister shrimp - Francis Shale, Middle Pennsylvanian (~307 Ma) - Mazonia South (Pit 11), Illinois 2. Metopaster sp. sea star - Lower Thanetian, Paleocene - Southwest France 3. Scolecodonts (maxilla/jaws) of polychaetes (Protarabellites or Oenonites & Ramphoprion)- Georgian Bay Fm, Upper Ordovician - Mimico Creek, Toronto, Ontario 4. Arbacia improcera echinoid - Pliocene, Yorktown Formation Zone - Craven County, North Carolina 5. Sinosura kelheimense brittlestars - Upper Jurassic - Hienheim Quarry, Germany 6. Macroporaster matutinus sea star - Late Ordovician, Salona Formation - Pennsylvania 7. Thaleops ovata tilobite - Platteville Formation, Ordovician - Grant County, Wisconsin 8. Thresherodiscus ramosus edrioasteroid - Ordovician, Bobcaygeon Formation - Goat Island, Ontario 9. Triarthrus eatoni trilobites - Late Ordovician, Lorraine Group, Frankfort Shale - Oneida county, New York 10. Craspedites subditus ammonite - Jurassic, Upper Tithonian (Volgian) - Undory, Ulyanovsk Oblast, Russia 11. Heterosalenia sp. nov. echinoid (new species currently being described) - Lower Glen Rose Formation, Lower Cretaceous (Albian) - Comal County, Texas 12. Diplocalamites sp. horsetail - Middle Pennsylvanian - New Mexico
  2. Here we are with our 2020 VFOTY contest entries. These are all 12 of our VFOTM winners from 2020, listed in the order of the month they won. Carefully review these entries and vote for the one you think deserves the title of 2020 Vertebrate Fossil Of The Year! Poll closes on the 24th of January just before midnight. You can also vote for the 2020 Invertebrate / Plant Fossil Of The Year contest HERE. 1. Bird (Species unknown) - Eocene (52 Ma) - American Fossil Quarry, Wyoming 2. Diprotodontid pelvis (likely Zygomaturus trilobus) - Pleistocene - Queensland, Australia 3. Primate jaw with teeth - Bridgerian, Middle Eocene - Blue Rim, Wyoming 4. Platecarpus mosasaur - Cretaceous, Taylor Group, Ozan Formation - North Sulphur River, Texas 5. Triceratops prorsus right dentary - Upper Hell Creek Formation, Upper Cretaceous - Powder River County, Montana 6. Placoderm fish (Cowralepis mclachlani) - ~385 Ma (Middle Devonian); Merriganowry Shale Member of the Dulladerry Volcanics - Central West NSW, Australia 7. Archaeotherium mortoni entelodont jaw - White River Formation. Eocene/Oligocene - Wyoming 8. Syllomus aegyptiacus sea turtle - Miocene, Lower Calvert Formation (likely Bed 3b) - King and Queen County, Virginia 9. Clidastes sp. mosasaur jaw - Late Cretaceous, Ozan formation (Lower Taylor Marl) - NSR, North Texas 10. Edestus sp. shark jaw with teeth - Pennsylvanian Fort Scott Fm. (Desmoinesian) - Roger County, Oklahoma 11. Anzu wyliei hand claw (possibly digit I) - Cretaceous (Maastrichtian), Hell Creek Formation - Powder River Co. , Montana 12. Nanosaurus sp. ornithischian jaw - Late Jurassic, Morrison Formation - Natrona County, Wyoming
  3. Richmond ,NW Queensland ,2020

    Hello All this is a wrap up of our finds from our Richmond trips 2020 This post is about two trips combined where I visited the same location which is Richmond , NW Queensland Australia. The dig site is a public dig area which contains Cretaceous marine material from the Toolebuc formation. This site is well known for its abundant fish, shark ,marine reptile bones and rare bird/ pterosaur fossils. Growing up in the North Island of New Zealand and I have been collecting fossils since I was a kid however fossils from vertebrate animals are exceedingly rare in that area (Except Shark teeth) therefore my knowledge of vertebrate fossils is very poor. So, going out to Richmond which has abundant vertebrate fossils is a dream come true I have learnt so much over the last 3 years heading out there. The first trip was in July which I did with my partner and kids and the 2nd trip was in October which I did solo due to the extreme weather at the time. Due to the weather which was 42C and threat of severe storms I located the area I wanted to dig and did most my work at night with lamps, there were also less flies at night which made it more pleasant. During the two trips we found several turtle bones which was exciting and unexpected, it wasn’t the kind of marine reptile bones we had in mind. We found a small ichthyosaur tooth and a neural arch. There are layers of material known as fish mash which contain large amounts of small fish bones. Amongst this we found a few larger fish bones and a fish tail. My partner also found the largest and first sharks’ tooth of our trip she was very happy about this. We collected some of this material which we took home and broke up and sieved for shark teeth and any other rare or unusually specimens. Working alongside my 11 year old son we broke up and processed the fish mash material where we found a few smaller turtle bones and sharks teeth our best finds were 3 johnlongia teeth these are usually rare so we were good finds, the third tooth which he found he was able to ID the tooth which was great to see how much he has learnt. Also goes to show how much better his eyes are than mine as I missed it. Lastly, I would like to thank everyone on the forum who has given me advice and helped me ID fossils especially Mike D’Arcy without your help we would of never made these finds thanks a lot mate. Cannot wait to get back out there. Finding the dig site before dark, yes the silly looking mask is required to keep the flies out. The dig site at night. My wifes tooth. I will put more pictures in comments
  4. Top Ten from 2020

    Not my top ten list, but Live Science put this list of top 10 dino related findings of 2020. Looking back I see this as ten things that made a bad year a little better, enjoy! https://www.livescience.com/dinosaur-discoveries-2020.html
  5. Fossil ID #4

    This next fossil is long and thin, with lots of detail on each side. It has a slight bend and distinct marks on one end that made me think it might be a tooth of some kind, but maybe not from something in the ocean/sea. Any thoughts?
  6. Fossil ID #3

    This long, black, and concave fossil looks like a fin, flipper, or something to that magnitude because of how smooth and dynamic it looks and feels. Any suggestions for this?
  7. Fossil ID #2

    This looks like the half of a Meg tooth that has lost all of its enamel. I haven't seen one like this before, but it has all of the characteristics of a meg tooth. Can anyone confirm or debunk this?
  8. Help with Fossil ID

    I found this while walking on the beach before sunset today. Need help identifying it, if possible. Based on limited research and comparisons, the fossil is no doubt a vertebrae and looks very similar to some I have seen associated with a Mosasaur. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR ANY HELP OR IDEAS THAT MAY BE GIVEN!!!
  9. ID this ?dino?

    ·Big Brook, NJ, USA ·Panned fr brook bottom w marl+ ·Miocene form. overlaps Late Cretaceous? .Attach: images of 2 fossils .(found pre-2020) I assume these (3+1) fossils may be from the "same" species, two diff. animals? No outstanding horizontal/diagonal "veins" from the prominent central ridges. Rookie request to ID b4 summer trip to c Dr. Parris, NJ St. Museum, Trenton. Thx
  10. Went to Zolfo Springs, Pioneer Park to put in for a trip on a very pleasant 92 degree Easter Sunday. Lots of people out, but most were doing the social distancing thing......many were not. As usual I was alone for most of my time on the river and it did turn out to be a rather productive day. Horse, camel/llama, gar, gator, Giant Tortoise, turtle, tons of shark teeth and the most interesting finds, 2 unusual osteoderms (top center in the picture). Using the 1/4" screen again to save my right arm muscles, slows down the process, but the tiny stuff makes the day feel more productive than shoveling constantly into the 1/2" screen. Especially in Zolfo where most of the gravel is less than 1/2" in size. Here's the take for the 5 hours, most of which will wind up in the donation/give away section.
  11. Meg Symphyseal tooth?

    Went to the Peace River yesterday to beat the cold front and rain for a very pleasant 85 degree day of digging with friends. My streak of poor performance continues but I found one item I thought might be of interest. First, the take for the day: Now in December of 2016 I found a small meg tooth that @MarcoSr identified as a meg symphyseal tooth, which Tony @ynot picked up at auction. This little tooth looks quite similar to me, but has a somewhat shorter blade. Is it another symphyseal tooth, or just an ordinary posterior? I may need to get a better picture of it.
  12. It's a New Year! Time for New Fossils Finds! i enoyed a post on the FB Fossil Forum of what are your "dream fossils". So this is a New Years version....what are the fossils you HOPE to find this year? I know for me, it's that danged Big Echinoid Cidarid that has been eluding me. Also, a psudodiadema echinoid. I have partials of both but really want a whole one! So, Universe, or whatever Omnipresence is Available, that's what I want to find this year! What are YOU on the hunt for? We want to know! Cidarid: (I "borrowed" the image off the internet....ya'll might recognize it from a post here in the forum) ! Pseudodiadema:
  13. Once again it's time for the Paradoxides to dust off the top hat and ring in the new year. I'm eagerly looking forward to another great year of spectacular fossil treasures at TFF. Happy New Year 2020!
  14. Wants for 2020

    As 2019 is coming to an end I am curious what is on people’s want list for next year. Did you get everything you wanted or is there still that elusive fossil eluding you? It’s been a varied year for me and a lucky one at that as I think it has been for many other members looking at some of the incredible fossils you have obtained this year. Hopefully 2020 is as successful if not more successful than 2019. I hope you all have a Happy New Year and bring on 2020!
  15. Hi, just wondering if anyone is going to the show. -JQ
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