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May 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 MAY 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 May is off to a good start. ;)

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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Jackson g

Wow, very pretty! I'm not sure if your last entry, or this is nicer! Being the shell man I am, I'll lean towards this one. Seems I'm hunting the wrong area of the NSR because I only find teeth and bacculites. I'm :envy:

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Planko

Well we should share some info as I just found my first sharks tooth today. Broken, but still a tooth. Been trying to find them. I find quite a few gastropods and some bivalves other than oysters. NSR is very diverse from what i have found. Depends on where you are at and how far you get away from people. I need to find a nice ammonite area to find some very complete ones. 

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sixgill pete

That is a very nice Trigonia

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The Amateur Paleontologist

Ooh, lovely dentary @Troodon

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Planko

Holy smokes. That is an awesome piece Troodon. 

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PaleoNoel

Very impressive @Troodon  :envy:

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caterpillar

Good job. Congrats

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TyBoy

wow thats a beautiful dentary the teeth are superb 

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RuMert
On 10.05.2020 at 6:29 PM, Troodon said:

Ceratopsian jaw

Impressive

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JohnJ
5 minutes ago, Cowboy Paleontologist said:

Lighting was a bit hard to get figured out, but I think you should be able to see it fairly well here.

 

 

Try to add another photo taken in sunlight with the find propped at an angle to enhance its features.

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Cowboy Paleontologist
12 hours ago, JohnJ said:

 

Try to add another photo taken in sunlight with the find propped at an angle to enhance its features.

Thanks for the tip, I'll give it a try.

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musicnfossils

Some very nice entries so far, love that ceratopsian jaw. The kind of stuff that makes me so jealous y’all are in areas where you’re permitted to collect stuff like that...if I dared, I could get fined thousands upon thousands of dollars. Stupid Alberta. 

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Huntonia
On 5/19/2020 at 7:33 AM, Vieira said:

 

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Man, I'm not that much of an echinoid person but that is beautiful! Well worth the wait to get it prepped! 

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Vieira
21 minutes ago, Huntonia said:

Man, I'm not that much of an echinoid person but that is beautiful! Well worth the wait to get it prepped! 

 

Thanks for your words.

 

I love these type of echinoids.

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dinosaur man
On 5/10/2020 at 11:29 AM, Troodon said:

My contribution to this months entries:

 

My South Dakota prep person let me know that she finally finished the Ceratopsian jaw I collected last September.  I had not put any rush on it since I was not planning to pick it up until this summer.  I will go pick it up on my next collecting trip to SD whenever that happens.  Virus go away.

 

I'm going to label it Triceratops prorsus since its from an upper Hell Creek Formation deposit and other T. prorsus material including partial skulls have been found in the area.  Of course it still could be from a Torosaurus or other undescribed large bodied Ceratopsian if they exist.   

 

Its a good size specimen at over 2 feet long and I was fortunate that it still had a large portion the sheath intact which kept a good portion of the tooth battery in place.  Its pretty complete with no restoration just minor crack fill.

 

Species Triceratops prorsus

Specimen: Right Dentary

Discovered: 9/15/19

Formation: upper Hell Creek Formation 

Locality: Powder River County, Montana

 

Size: 25" (64 cm ) wide  Site Photos

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Prepped

 

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Beautiful jaw @Troodon!

 

On 5/21/2020 at 12:00 AM, musicnfossils said:

Some very nice entries so far, love that ceratopsian jaw. The kind of stuff that makes me so jealous y’all are in areas where you’re permitted to collect stuff like that...if I dared, I could get fined thousands upon thousands of dollars. Stupid Alberta. 

I agree, I wish I could collect fossils in Alberta too, especially when I went there in 2018 and seen all the amazing fossils just laying there and just wanted to collect them!  But rules are rules, even if we don’t like them. :(

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Natalie81
On 5/10/2020 at 11:29 AM, Troodon said:

Species Triceratops prorsus

Specimen: Right Dentary

Discovered: 9/15/19

Formation: upper Hell Creek Formation 

Locality: Powder River County, Montana

 

What a find! :wub:

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