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January 2020 - Finds of the Month Entries

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Max-fossils

@Manticocerasman Kevin, your finds continue to impress :drool:

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Max-fossils

@digit while not being the most impressive fossil to look at, hearing its 'value' makes it clear as to why this is an amazing find!

Congrats on finding this absolutely tiny jewel! :dinothumb:

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Tidgy's Dad
On 1/22/2020 at 11:09 PM, gieserguy said:

Date of Discovery: January 7, 2020

Name: Composita subtilita with naturally exposed brachidium

Geological Age: Middle Pennsylvanian (~309 mya)

Geological Formation: Naco Formation

Location Found: Paleo Site near Kohls Ranch, Arizona, USA


Thank you to @Petalodus12 and @DPS Ammonite for helping ID the exposed brachidium. The brachidium is a spring-shaped structure that supports the lophophore, the feeding organ that uses water to carry food towards the animal’s mouth!

WOW! :envy:

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flipper559

@stats  Congrats Rich ! ! ! That is beautiful !!! Such fine detail !

 

 Phil

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35 minutes ago, flipper559 said:

@stats  Congrats Rich ! ! ! That is beautiful !!! Such fine detail !

 

 Phil

Thanks Phil!

 

Cheers,

Rich

 

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JarrodB
10 hours ago, stats said:

Date of Discovery: January 20, 2020 (concretion collected on August 7th, 2019)

Name: Belotelson magister 

Geological Age: Middle Pennsylvanian (~307 mya)

Geological Formation: Francis Shale

Location Found: Mazonia South (Pit 11), Illinois, USA

 

Just opened up on Monday morning.  If you were listening around 11 AM, you might have heard me yell!  This is the best shrimp I've ever found!

 

Cheers,

Rich

Shrimp-2.thumb.jpg.dee883a0e26e88f43798d12f003d6edd.jpg  5e2a7abff0bba_Shrimpleft-2.thumb.jpg.57e4eaf4a27a0d48522d345488f0e80f.jpg  5e2a7ac09fabf_Shrimpright-2.thumb.jpg.9ed142f4eae1b88229f7b9aa57df320d.jpg

Wow!

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digit
8 hours ago, stats said:

If you were listening around 11 AM, you might have heard me yell!  This is the best shrimp I've ever found!

Yup. Heard you loud and clear around noon (my time). :P

 

How come I never find concretions like that? Wonderful preservation and so different from the usual 'blobs'.

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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RCFossils
10 hours ago, stats said:

Date of Discovery: January 20, 2020 (concretion collected on August 7th, 2019)

Name: Belotelson magister 

Geological Age: Middle Pennsylvanian (~307 mya)

Geological Formation: Francis Shale

Location Found: Mazonia South (Pit 11), Illinois, USA

 

Just opened up on Monday morning.  If you were listening around 11 AM, you might have heard me yell!  This is the best shrimp I've ever found!

 

Cheers,

Rich

 

Shrimp-2.thumb.jpg.dee883a0e26e88f43798d12f003d6edd.jpg  5e2a7abff0bba_Shrimpleft-2.thumb.jpg.57e4eaf4a27a0d48522d345488f0e80f.jpg  5e2a7ac09fabf_Shrimpright-2.thumb.jpg.9ed142f4eae1b88229f7b9aa57df320d.jpg

Congratulations!

I think this is the nicest molt that I have ever seen.

Wonderful preservation 

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FranzBernhard

Dang!!

 

On 22.1.2020 at 11:09 PM, gieserguy said:

exposed brachidium

I would have clearly voted for the brach with the brach... :drool:

 

10 hours ago, stats said:

This is the best shrimp I've ever found!

But then it became complicated with this shrimp!! What a wonderfull specimen!:default_faint:Congrats!

 

10 hours ago, stats said:

If you were listening around 11 AM, you might have heard me yell!

Ok, that was you at this afternoon... :D:D

Franz Bernhard

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Max-fossils
On 1/23/2020 at 5:57 PM, digit said:

Sometimes good things come in small packages. This species is in league with the Basking Shark teeth found at Sharktooth Hill or the Whale Shark teeth sometimes found in Aurora, NC. They are tiny non-functional (vestigial) teeth that are no longer of any great use to the organisms which now feed by straining plankton from the water. I have also come across a few even tinier teeth from the Lesser Devil Ray (Mobula hypostoma) but it has been a few months since spotting a nice specimen from that species.

 

At less than 1/10" it would not be a "showy" specimen compared to a large megalodon tooth. In fact, it is difficult to even see or appreciate the detail without magnification. Still, it is quite the novelty. I likely have the most extensive Mobula fossil collection of anyone in Florida. :P

 

I enjoy my tiny treasures. Hoping some nice vertebrate entries show up in the next week to knock this out of the running for VFOTM. I felt compelled to enter this little tooth as this contest is always a great gallery of what our members find (or prep) each month and I love the diversity of the finds (and localities). This is a novelty that I thought our members would enjoy seeing.

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

I definitely understand and relate to what you just said! in fact, the most important fossils are often not very impressive to look at. Being a shell-dude, I can definitely confirm you're correct. Some of my rarest fossil shells in my collection are very unimpressive, even when compared to other fossil shells. The famous quote for books applies to fossils too: don't judge a fossil by its appearance!

 

Sorry if I made it appear that I was unimpressed by your find, it's the other way around. My previous comment was made to say just the opposite (mainly as a reminder to others browsing the thread) that an amazing fossil find isn't always very good at showing its 'amazingness' (so essentially what you just said in much better words) :) 

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gieserguy
2 hours ago, FranzBernhard said:

Dang!!

 

I would have clearly voted for the brach with the brach... :drool:

 

But then it became complicated with this shrimp!! What a wonderfull specimen!:default_faint:Congrats!

 

Ok, that was you at this afternoon... :D:D

Franz Bernhard

I’m in the same boat, there’s no way I can vote for my own now haha!

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digit
55 minutes ago, Max-fossils said:

Sorry if I made it appear that I was unimpressed by your find, it's the other way around. My previous comment was made to say just the opposite (mainly as a reminder to others browsing the thread) that an amazing fossil find isn't always very good at showing its 'amazingness' (so essentially what you just said in much better words) :) 

Not a problem. It is the kind of fossil that lacks the geometric beauty of an ammonite, the detail of a Green River fish, the bulk of a megalodon tooth, and the awe of a mounted dinosaur specimen. If it were in a museum display (even under magnification) few would stop long enough to read the accompanying text description. I enjoy finding showy fossils as much as the next collector but for the research I'm doing into Florida's micro-chondrichthyan fauna, pretty (but minuscule) specimens like this make my day.

 

While I don't often succeed in "much better words", I never fail in my efforts to provide "much MORE words". :P

 

Still about a week left to round out this month's entries. Let's see what ya got.

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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connorp
20 hours ago, stats said:

Date of Discovery: January 20, 2020 (concretion collected on August 7th, 2019)

Name: Belotelson magister 

Geological Age: Middle Pennsylvanian (~307 mya)

Geological Formation: Francis Shale

Location Found: Mazonia South (Pit 11), Illinois, USA

 

Just opened up on Monday morning.  If you were listening around 11 AM, you might have heard me yell!  This is the best shrimp I've ever found!

 

Cheers,

Rich

 

Shrimp-2.thumb.jpg.dee883a0e26e88f43798d12f003d6edd.jpg

5e2a7abff0bba_Shrimpleft-2.thumb.jpg.57e4eaf4a27a0d48522d345488f0e80f.jpg

5e2a7ac09fabf_Shrimpright-2.thumb.jpg.9ed142f4eae1b88229f7b9aa57df320d.jpg

That’s one of the best shrimps I’ve seen. Awesome find.

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11 hours ago, flipper559 said:

@stats  Congrats Rich ! ! ! That is beautiful !!! Such fine detail !

 

 Phil

 

10 hours ago, JarrodB said:

Wow!

 

9 hours ago, digit said:

Yup. Heard you loud and clear around noon (my time). :P

 

How come I never find concretions like that? Wonderful preservation and so different from the usual 'blobs'.

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

 

8 hours ago, RCFossils said:

Congratulations!

I think this is the nicest molt that I have ever seen.

Wonderful preservation 

 

8 hours ago, FranzBernhard said:

Dang!!

 

I would have clearly voted for the brach with the brach... :drool:

 

But then it became complicated with this shrimp!! What a wonderfull specimen!:default_faint:Congrats!

 

Ok, that was you at this afternoon... :D:D

Franz Bernhard

 

2 hours ago, connorp said:

That’s one of the best shrimps I’ve seen. Awesome find.

Thanks for the kind words, guys!  Pretty excited about it.  My best finds are from the River or Fossil Rock. It is fun to get something nice from Pit 11.

 

@RCFossils did you know it was a molt from the tail being sideways?

 

Cheers,

Rich

 

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Thecosmilia Trichitoma

This month's fossils are amazing!

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KingSepron

VFOTM

 

Rauisuchian indet
Rooted Mosasaur Tooth
Bison priscus vertebrae
Unknown bird skeleton
Giant Manta vestigial tooth

 

IFOTM

 

Acropora sp
Echinoid - Texaster sp
Crinoid and Blastoid assemblage
2 Cunningtoniceras Inerme Ammonites
Belotelson magister 
Composita subtilita (with naturally exposed brachidium)

 

Current list, I think. Nice spread if you ask me.

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digit

A really nice diversity of some enviable finds. Still a few more days to add to this month's contest. Let's see what you've got. ;)

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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Shamalama
On 1/24/2020 at 12:04 AM, stats said:

Date of Discovery: January 20, 2020 (concretion collected on August 7th, 2019)

Name: Belotelson magister 

Geological Age: Middle Pennsylvanian (~307 mya)

Geological Formation: Francis Shale

Location Found: Mazonia South (Pit 11), Illinois, USA

 

Just opened up on Monday morning.  If you were listening around 11 AM, you might have heard me yell!  This is the best shrimp I've ever found!

 

Cheers,

Rich

 

Shrimp-2.thumb.jpg.dee883a0e26e88f43798d12f003d6edd.jpg

5e2a7abff0bba_Shrimpleft-2.thumb.jpg.57e4eaf4a27a0d48522d345488f0e80f.jpg

5e2a7ac09fabf_Shrimpright-2.thumb.jpg.9ed142f4eae1b88229f7b9aa57df320d.jpg

 

That's no Shrimp, That's a facehugger!

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