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February 2021 - 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 28, 2021

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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FranzBernhard

Starting this month with an "egg"...:D.

An "Easter Egg"... ;)

An Easter Egg camouflaged as a rudist (or vice-versa?? :headscratch:)

Nobody knows...

Anyways, here is the radiolitid rudist that was waiting for me like an Easter Egg in its nest.

Found: 02/06/2021

Name: Radiolitid rudist

Age and Formation: Campanian / St. Bartholomä-formation, Gosau-group, Eastern Alps

Site: St. Bartholomä, Styria, Austria (West of Kalchberg, Point 32)

Besides the surprise factor finding this specimen in this special position, it is very chunky and well-preserved at the outside with coarse ribs, and neither very weathered nor very worn, like most other rudists of this formation. The cellular structure is barely visible (not on the pics) as well as the ligamentary pillar (at the lower left pic, 12:00 position). It is nothing very special generally speaking, but it displays very nicely besides my laptop on my desk, reminding me of the biological wonders and miracles of the hot, Upper Cretaceous seas. I think, that´s reason enough for submitting it for FOTM ;).

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Not much action this month. I'll toss in this fella. I've found several Anataphrus but this is by far my best.

 

Date of Discovery: Found October 2020. Preparation completed (by @Malcolmt) February 7, 2021.

Scientific Name: Anataphrus vigilans

Geologic Age and Formation: Elgin Member, Maquoketa Formation (Late Ordovician)

Location: NE Iowa, USA

 

Before prep:

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After prep:

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Sensational! Definitely a bucket-list bug for me. And great prep work as usual by Malcolm.

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Kermit junior..pristine 3D bug 100% complete, no repairs or restoration

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3 hours ago, connorp said:

Not much action this month. I'll toss in this fella. I've found several Anataphrus but this is by far my best.

 

Date of Discovery: Found October 2020. Preparation completed (by @Malcolmt) February 7, 2021.

Scientific Name: Anataphrus vigilans

Geologic Age and Formation: Elgin Member, Maquoketa Formation (Late Ordovician)

Location: NE Iowa, USA

 

Before prep:

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After prep:

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That must of been a day maker when ya found it. Awesome find and prepwork.

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IsaacTheFossilMan
3 hours ago, connorp said:

Not much action this month.

Don't count your chickens before they hatch, 8 days still to go... ;)

 

Oh, also, that's a gorgeous find buddy, and flipping awesome prep work Malcolm!

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Big props to @Malcolmt :Smiling: for making that bug shine. I don't know much about trilobite species but if @Kane says that's on his bucket list then I'm sure its is eminently drool-worthy. :drool:

 

I know it's been kinda cold in the northern hemisphere lately with some chaotic weather but we still have 8 more days in this short month to get your choice finds from this month entered into the FOTM contest. Let's see what ya' got. ;)

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

 

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4 minutes ago, digit said:

Big props to @Malcolmt :Smiling: for making that bug shine. I don't know much about trilobite species but if @Kane says that's on his bucket list then I'm sure its is eminently drool-worthy. :drool:

 

I know it's been kinda cold in the northern hemisphere lately with some chaotic weather but we still have 8 more days in this short month to get your choice finds from this month entered into the FOTM contest. Let's see what ya' got. ;)

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

 

They are a bit more common in the Maquoketa, but still a precious find. By contrast, we have the one in Ontario -- Anataphrus sinclairi -- that even finding a piece of it here would be more of a rare catch than finding a complete Ectenaspis or a plate of 50 Ceraurus. 

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A lovely bug! And incredible prep as always :wub:

Great find Connor! Antaphrus is on my bucket-list as well, I hope to find one myself someday.

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21 minutes ago, Kane said:

Anataphrus sinclairi -- that even finding a piece of it here would be more of a rare catch

I have never found or even seen a piece other than the one I prepped for Connor

 

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I figure I'll add this, just to give the voters something else to consider.

 

Found in mid-February (can't remember the exact day) and "prepped" on the same day under running water.

Galeocerdo aduncus posterior tooth

Miocene

Burdigalian

Obere Meeresmolasse Formation

From the Bodenseekreis, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany

 

 

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Here's my entry for the month of February 2021. Found February 20, 2021.

 

Cincosaurus cobbi trackways 

Carboniferous Period, Pottsville Formation 

358.9-288.9 mya

Central Alabama 

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Invertebrate

 

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Spathites puercoensis

Upper Cretaceous (Turonian)

Carlile Shale

Sandoval County, New Mexico

Discovered: February 21st, 2021

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JUST A NOTE: 

Caterpillar's lovely turtle fossil has been removed from this month's contest for failure to meet the contest requirements.

There were no recent photos of the fossil prior to preparation.

 

As with all fossils found prior to the month of the contest, pre-prep or during prep photos, preferably dated, are required to prove that the bulk of preparation was completed during the month of the contest. 

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Here is my largest shark tooth I've found, quite big for New Zealand! I prepped it to see if it was a Hastalis or C. carcharias and posted some pictures on TFF and a few members pointed to it being a transitionary tooth and not a worn great white as I thought initially. Possibly a Carcharadon hubbelli. I took it in to a large museum here in New Zealand to compare it with their collection of Hastalis teeth found in New Zealand and it's definitely different to them. The paleontologists there also confirmed it wasn't a worn tooth.

I emailed an author on the C. hubbelli paper I found and they were positive it was a C. hubbelli.

This would be the first Carcharadon hubbelli found in New Zealand so I will donate it to one of the New Zealand museums so it is in a collection.

Here is a video of finding it and some prep work, I didn't intend to remove it completely from the matrix, the vibration loosened it :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-i8W2aOtLE

Date of Discovery: 6 Feb 2021

Scientific and/or Common Name: Transitionary Carcharadon, possibly Carcharadon hubbelli

Geologic Age or Geologic Formation: Greta formation

State, Province, or Region Found: Canterbury, New Zealand
 

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Fossilis Willis

Shaping up to be a good contest this month. I was hoping to throw my hat in the ring, but it looks like I won't quite have enough time to finish the prep on my potential entry. Not that I would have stood a chance, but you can't win if you don't play.

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Dave pom Allen

This is my entry to the Invertebrate of the month 

a rare large limpet Gastropoda or Monoplacophora

 

• Date of Discovery  :February 01, 2021.

• Scientific and/or Common Name  :  Gigantocapulus problematicus, Inoceramus limpet.

• Geologic Age or Geologic Formation: late Cretaceous

• State, Province, or Region Found : North Canterbury, Kaikoura . oaro. New zealand.

 

 

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I have several 5 gallon buckets of Mazon Creek concretions that I have been freeze / thawing for several years over the Winter. Today I checked to see what may have opened. I came across this large (8 inches by 3 inch) concretion and noticed that it had a hairline crack in it. This is what you want to see after the Winter cycle. I tapped it lightly with my Estwing hammer and this pretty piece opened. You don’t find large pieces like this very often anymore.

 

Date Collected: Approximately 5-1998

Date Opened: February 28, 2021

Common Name: Pecopteris 

Geologic Age: Carboniferous 

Geologic Formation: Francis Creek Shale

Location Found: Pit 4- Shadow Lakes

Wilmington, Illinois

 

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That's a real lunker! Glad to see another entry this (short) month--just under the wire. :)

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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