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November 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 NOVEMBER 30, 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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TOM BUCKLEY

Very nice indeed. I've only found columns.

 

Tom

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minnbuckeye

Nice find! I have not bumped into that species before. Where do you go for crinoid ID in the Burlington??

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digit
9 hours ago, Jackson g said:

Not sure why I didn't take pictures of beginning prep with it buried in the encrinite stone, but at least I did remember to take a picture of final cleaning.

We often look back in hindsight to think why didn't I do "before" photos to see the transformation. I've gotten pretty good at remembering to take out the camera and get "in situ" photos before I pick up a find as these are always much enjoyed vicariously here on the forum. Often you end up taking photos of things that don't pan out as spectacular finds but then digital "film" is much cheaper than it was in the old days.

 

At least your find was made in this month so that pre-prep photos were not needed to validate that meaningful preparation was done in the current month. Still, it is nice for others to marvel over the significant difference in appearance some fossils make during their prepping.

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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Tidgy's Dad
13 hours ago, Kasia said:

• Date of Discovery   (month, day , year): November, 16, 2020

• Scientific and/or Common Name: Odontopleura ovata

• Geologic Age or Geologic Formation: Silurian, Ludlow

• State, Province, or Region Found: Prągowiec Ravine, Poland

 

 

Nice find, Kasia! That's a super bug. :trilowalk:

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Kasia
1 hour ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

Nice find, Kasia! That's a super bug. :trilowalk:

Thanks - I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it, because it's enormous comparing to any other Silurian trilo I have ever found in this location. It's at least 3 times bigger than all the other specimens I have - even the other Odontopleuras on the same slab :)

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Bobby Rico
14 hours ago, Kasia said:

Scientific and/or Common Name: Odontopleura ovata

Fantastic find congratulations 

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Kasia
1 minute ago, Bobby Rico said:

Fantastic find congratulations 

:tiphat:thank you.

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Familyroadtrip
On 11/23/2020 at 7:04 AM, Troodon said:

My entry for the month is the Anzu wyliei hand claw I found during my September trip to the Hell Creek Formation.  My preparer just finished the prep so here are before and after photos.  For those not familar with this dinosaur its a genus of caenagnathidae from the late Cretaceous.    Its a toothless dinosaur +3 meter high with long arms and wicked hand claws.

 

Anzu wyliei

Hand Claw poss Digit I

Discovered : Sept 23, 2020

Hell Creek Formation 

Cretaceous: Maastrichtian 

Powder River Co. , Montana

 

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Incredible piece! I’ve wanted one of those since I got into fossils, they’re some of my favorite fossils! 

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erose
On 11/24/2020 at 2:28 PM, JamieLynn said:

 

Collected Nov. 16, 2020

Heterosalenia sp. echinoid (new species currently being described)

Lower Glen Rose Formation, Lower Cretaceous (Albian)

Comal County, Texas, USA

Size 15mm

 

JohnJ discovered this species in July, 2013.  It is currently being described by John Jagt in a collaborative project with @JohnJ and @erose.  I have loaned my specimen to their project for photography and data collection, which needless to say, has me completely thrilled. It's being cleaned up a bit, but here is it as I found it after just a rudimentary cleaning. 

 

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OK, I'm biased....Ten votes for Jamie's echinoid....Can I do that?

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Coco

:heartylaugh::default_rofl:

 

Coco

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