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February 2020 - 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 FEBRUARY 29, 2020

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   (month, day , year) 

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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The Amateur Paleontologist

Oh wow... Metopaster's one of my favourite starfish and you just found an excellent one :) 

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caterpillar

Thanks. The only one I've found in this outcrop for 20 years!

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The Amateur Paleontologist
4 hours ago, caterpillar said:

Thanks. The only one I've found in this outcrop for 20 years!

They're also pretty rare in the Danish chalk sites I prospect... I mean all those ossicles tend to fall apart very soon after the starfish dies..

Edited by The Amateur Paleontologist

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digit

Very nice! I fondly remember my visit to Beaumaris a few years back to hunt for these tiny treasures individually. Interesting to see them in matrix.

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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Fossildude19
9 hours ago, DawnOfADream said:
01/02/2019
Lovenia Woodsii cluster
Upper Miocene to lower Pilocene (4.5-6.5 million years ago) 
Beaumaris Sandstone Formation. Victoria, Australia.

 

Was this found this month? 

It looks like it was found last year. 

That would make it ineligible for this months contest.  :unsure: 

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DawnOfADream
59 minutes ago, Fossildude19 said:

 

Was this found this month? 

It looks like it was found last year. 

That would make it ineligible for this months contest.  :unsure: 

@Fossildude19

I'm so sorry it was found this year! I still haven't gotten used to writing 2020 yet :heartylaugh:

I'll edit my previous post!

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DawnOfADream
7 hours ago, digit said:

Very nice! I fondly remember my visit to Beaumaris a few years back to hunt for these tiny treasures individually. Interesting to see them in matrix.

Cheers.

-Ken

@digit

It's a wonderful spot! Truly amazing how many fossilized treasures you can find over there. It's like a place lost to time, I love it!

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Fossildude19
17 minutes ago, DawnOfADream said:

@Fossildude19

I'm so sorry it was found this year! I still haven't gotten used to writing 2020 yet :heartylaugh:

I'll edit my previous post!

;) 

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KingSepron

It’s plant month this time apparently!

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The Amateur Paleontologist
8 minutes ago, KingSepron said:

It’s plant month this time apparently!

Plants and echinoderms ;) 

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RuMert

Plants strike back:D Pity all I have are chunks of pet wood

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DawnOfADream

@Ash

Nice find mate! Were there any other bones found nearby?

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Ash

There were kangaroo elements also in the jacket, these include a partial sacrum, a vertebra or 2, some finger/toe bones, some small limb elements and a partial lower jaw, but nothing else from this critter above.

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Kane
7 minutes ago, Ash said:

There were kangaroo elements also in the jacket, these include a partial sacrum, a vertebra or 2, some finger/toe bones, some small limb elements and a partial lower jaw, but nothing else from this critter above.

How long did it take to prep this one?

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DawnOfADream
8 minutes ago, Ash said:

There were kangaroo elements also in the jacket, these include a partial sacrum, a vertebra or 2, some finger/toe bones, some small limb elements and a partial lower jaw, but nothing else from this critter above.

Interesting! Thanks for the extra info.

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Ash
14 minutes ago, Kane said:

How long did it take to prep this one?

 

It was our biggest prep so far. I’d say it ran around the 100ish hour mark? We were slow and steady due to knowing how fractured the bone is. But that’s total hours for 2 people, including dig time. So divide by 2 for individual hours and it’s not as bad

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