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March 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 MARCH 31, 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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digit

And the March entries are off with a bang!

 

Thanks for a great submission with lots of great backing information. ;)

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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Mark Kmiecik

Beautiful specimen. Priceless information. Thank you.

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old bones

Gorgeous fossil! Excellent photos.

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digit
2 hours ago, old bones said:

Excellent photos.

Something we both appreciate. ;)

 

Agreed that we are of to a strong start for March.

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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dinosaur man

Here’s mine:

 

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Subclass: Heterodonta
Order: Lucinida
Superfamily: Lucinoidea
Family: Lucinidae
Genus: Divaricella

 

 

 

 

 

Date found: Tuesday, March, 10th, 2020

Name: Divaricella sp. (shell)

Age: 1.3 million years ago, Quaternary period

Location: North East Punta Cana, Dominican Republic 

 

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JohnJ

@dinosaur man

Hi Kaleb,  you will need much sharper focused photos for your entry to be considered.  Thanks.  ;) 

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dinosaur man
5 minutes ago, JohnJ said:

@dinosaur man

Hi Kaleb,  you will need much sharper focused photos for your entry to be considered.  Thanks.  ;) 

Sorry, here’s some, it’s very tricky considering it’s small.

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JohnJ
9 minutes ago, dinosaur man said:

Sorry, here’s some, it’s very tricky considering it’s small.

 

Those are a bit better, sir.  You may want to run your ID by @MikeR , @Max-fossils, or another of our shell experts.  

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Max-fossils

@dinosaur man 

On 3/15/2020 at 5:13 PM, dinosaur man said:

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Could you retake this picture and ensure it's sharp? Being able to clearly  see the hinge of the shell is essential when IDing.

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dinosaur man
On 3/16/2020 at 6:51 AM, Max-fossils said:

@dinosaur man 

Could you retake this picture and ensure it's sharp? Being able to clearly  see the hinge of the shell is essential when IDing.

This is the best I can get, since it’s so small.

 

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Kato
On 3/11/2020 at 5:47 PM, old bones said:

Gorgeous fossil! Excellent photos.

I could not agree more. Stunning.

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Max-fossils
On 3/16/2020 at 9:40 AM, dinosaur man said:

This is the best I can get, since it’s so small.

Without a better picture I'm not gonna be able to say anything, sorry... 

Also, prepping the specimen a little bit would help uncover the hinge area and make it more visible. The matrix doesn't seem too hard, so if you carefully get it away with a metal pick it should come off without damaging the fossil. 

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Jerry W.

Titan,

Great looking fossil! 

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MikeR
On 3/16/2020 at 9:40 AM, dinosaur man said:

This is the best I can get, since it’s so small.

 

Looks like a Venerid Link

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Jerry W.

Very nice, Jackson g.

 

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Mark Kmiecik

Or maybe?

 

grill.jpg

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