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December 2019 - Finds of the Month Entries

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REMINDER: PLEASE carefully read ALL of the rules below.

Make sure you include all the required information, IN THE REQUESTED FORMAT (below) when you 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.


Entries will be taken until 11:59:00 PM EDT on DECEMBER 31, 2019

Any fossil submitted after that time, even if the topic is still open, will be deemed ineligible! 

 

Only entries posted with CLEAR photos and that meet the other guidelines will be placed into the Poll. 

Photos of the winning specimens may be posted to TFF's Facebook page.

 

Please let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for sharing more of your fossils and research this month.

 

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. 

Tell us more about your fossil, and why you think it is worthy of the honor. 


To view the Winning Fossils from past contests visit the Find Of The Month Winner's Gallery.

 

Now, go find your fossil, do your research, and make an entry!
Best of success to all, and good hunting!

 

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Rules for The Fossil Forum's Vertebrate and Invertebrate/Plant Find of the Month Contests

  1. Find a great Vertebrate Fossil or Invertebrate/Plant Fossil! Only fossils found personally by you are allowed. 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 member per contest category.)
  3. Your fossil must have been found during the Month of the Contest, or Significant Preparation * of your fossil must have been completed during the Month of the Contest.
  4. You must include the Date of Discovery (when found in the contest month); or the Date of Preparation Completion and Date of Discovery (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. Please make sure you arrange for photos if someone else is preparing your fossil find and completes the prep requirements in the contest month.
  6. You must include the Common and/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. You must include CLEAR, cropped, well-lit images (maximum 4 images). If you are proud enough of your fossil to submit it for FOTM, spend some time to take good photos to show off your fossil.
  10. Play fair and honest. No bought fossils. No false claims.

 

* Significant Preparation = Substantial work to reveal and/or repair important diagnostic features, resulting in a dramatic change in the look of the fossil. The qualification of Significant Preparation is decided at the discretion of staff. Any doubts as to the eligibility of the entry will be discussed directly with the entrant.

 

******* Please use the following format for the required information: *******

Date of Discovery

Scientific and/or Common Name

Geologic Age or Geologic Formation

State, Province, or Region Found

Photos of Find

 

 

(Please limit to 4 clear, cropped, and well-lit images.)

(If prepped, before and after photos are required, please.)

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caldigger

"And the starting gun goes off!"

Nice beginning.

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digit

Thanks for understanding the rules of the contest. Over the years of this contest we have found the need to add rules to put some limits on entries.

 

That's a fine looking specimen (and my favorite of the bunch). ;)

 

This is an unusual coral type and a great entry to start off December's contest. Looking forward to what else may turn up on this last month of the year (and of the decade). :blink: Wow! Time flies!

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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Tidgy's Dad
2 hours ago, marguy said:

I must modify my proposal to fully respect the rules of the subject by proposing only one fossil of my group because they were not united on the same block of rock. (Actually, I did not think that, proceeding in this way, it would be possible to propose collections of tens of corals or teeth, for example!...)
With my apologies for my previous error, here is the coral that I propose for the subject of December

Marguy

Well played, sir. 

And it's an excellent specimen to enter too. :)

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Coco

Hi,

 

@Haravex  usually we show shark teeth in their natural position. Here you have a superior tooth, so it should be presented with the root at the top. It is very beautiful :thumbsu:

 

Coco

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digit
10 hours ago, stats said:

Can I enter my Macroneuropteris macrophylla from Mazon Creek in Illinois?  I collected the concretion in August, but through freeze/thaw it opened this week.

Indeed. The freeze-thaw process to reveal the fossil within counts as "fossil prep" for Mazon Creek fossils. Macroneuropteris can have some lovely detail.

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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Tidgy's Dad
26 minutes ago, mikeymig said:

Orthospirifer marcyi (Hall,1857)
(Brachiopod)

Middle Devonian (398 to 385 million years ago)
Moscow formation
New York

Found 9/2019

prepped 12/3/2019

 

We find maybe 4 or 5 of these large spirifers a season and usually, due to their shape and size, they are found in poor condition. This fully inflated specimen is the exception to what we normally find. Because it was a rare find, we had to send it out to be properly prepared under a microscope using an air scribe so the fine details of the shell would be revealed. The matrix I was told was difficult to blast through and I said yeah, that's why I sent it to you. It might not be glamorous like a trilobite but finding this species of brach in this condition is very rare for my sites/area. So finding this was as thrilling as finding a complete/rare trilobite to me. 

Far more glamorous than a trilobite if you ask me.

Gorgeous specimen. :)

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FossilNerd
4 minutes ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

Far more glamorous than a trilobite if you ask me.

Gorgeous specimen. :)

I like it as well! Beautifully preserved! :wub:

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caldigger
56 minutes ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

Far more glamorous than a trilobite if you ask me.

Gorgeous specimen. :)

Almost good enough to eat ( covered in melted cheese, of course! ). ;)

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marguy
Beautiful finds for this beginning of the month, for plants and invertebrates, Macroneuropteris and Orthospirifer are superb!
 
 
 
 

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D.N.FossilmanLithuania

The first invertebrate fossil for this month. 

 

Obornella gastropod (pleurotomariid) 

Late Callowian- Early Oxfordian

Found 12/3/2019

Location Juodikiai quarry, Klaipeda district, Western Lithuania

obornella.JPG

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D.N.FossilmanLithuania

And the last invertebrate fossil for this month.

Protocardia bivalve mollusk

Kimmeridgian, Late Jurassic

Found 12/05/2019

Location Juodikiai quarry, Klaipeda district, Western Lithuania

protocardia sp. kimmeridgian- tithonian.jpg

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Jackson g
20 hours ago, mikeymig said:

We find maybe 4 or 5 of these large spirifers a season and usually, due to their shape and size, they are found in poor condition. This fully inflated specimen is the exception to what we normally find. Because it was a rare find, we had to send it out to be properly prepared under a microscope using an air scribe so the fine details of the shell would be revealed. The matrix I was told was difficult to blast through and I said yeah, that's why I sent it to you. It might not be glamorous like a trilobite but finding this species of brach in this condition is very rare for my sites/area. So finding this was as thrilling as finding a complete/rare trilobite to me. Thanks 

 

 

 

Orthospirifer marcyi (Hall,1857)
(Brachiopod)

Middle Devonian (398 to 385 million years ago)
Moscow formation
New York

Found 9/2019

prepped 12/3/2019

 

 

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Orthospirifer marcyi.jpg

DSC08023.JPG

:wub::wub::wub:

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The Amateur Paleontologist
8 hours ago, D.N.FossilmanLithuania said:

Speonesydrion was the primitive lungfish that lived 400 million years ago in Emsian age Early Devonian. It has dental plates with poorly visible denticles in the exterior edges of plate area, the teeth were very primitive in shape. The specimen is found in red marine dolomite, what means it was a marine dipnoan species. :) 

 

Always love the amount of scientific detail in your FOTM entries, @D.N.FossilmanLithuania Nice find, BTW

 

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mikeymig
On 12/9/2019 at 9:30 AM, caldigger said:

Almost good enough to eat ( covered in melted cheese, of course! ). ;)

HAHA How did you know to add cheese? We must have met before.

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mikeymig
On 2019-12-10 at 2:05 AM, D.N.FossilmanLithuania said:

The first invertebrate fossil for this month. 

 

Obornella gastropod (pleurotomariid) 

Late Callowian- Early Oxfordian

Found 12/3/2019

Location Juodikiai quarry, Klaipeda district, Western Lithuania

obornella.JPG

This is a cool picture.

It looks like I'm landing on a moon base. :zen:

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Tidgy's Dad
5 minutes ago, mikeymig said:

HAHA How did you know to add cheese? We must have met before.

Back off, the cheese is mine! ;)

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