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March 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 MARCH 31, 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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  • 2 weeks later...

Is no one finding ANYTHING?:megalodon_broken01:

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Waiting for the last minute:) Still winter anyway

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sharko69

Alright, I guess I will be first. This Cretodus is 67mm or 2.63 inches.  If there is larger I would love to see it. Definitely my find of the month and probably year if not longer.
 

Found on March 5th, 2021.

Cretodus sp.

Eagle Ford group

Denton County, TX

 

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On 3/10/2021 at 7:44 AM, RuMert said:

Waiting for the last minute:) Still winter anyway

But RuMert... you are the one person here who regularly collects in the winter....   : )

 

 

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Well, I sill need temperatures above zero:). I may find something good by the end of the month

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frankh8147

I'm pretty happy with my recent find so get it started on the invertebrate side. I had to deal with a few snow-covered mountains and really cold temperatures but to me, it was definitely worth it! There was some luck involved on this one too, as i only found a very small area of formation.

 

• Date of Discovery : March 6, 2021

• Scientific and/or Common Name : Fern Plate

• Geologic Age or Geologic Formation: Llewellyn Formation, Carboniferous Era

• State, Province, or Region Found : Schuylkill County PA (USA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beautiful contrasty fern fossils. If I remember correctly there once was a site in PA where these vibrant fern fossils could be collected but that site no longer has access (a commonly heard story). These seem to have similar preservation to those white fern fossils. Makes lovely specimens for presentation.

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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frankh8147

@digit. Yes, there is a town up there called St. Claire with a spot with these that got shut down years ago (last I saw, they had signs around that area saying it was patrolled by guard dogs!!).

 

Unfortunately, the spot I found had only a very small area of this formation - this one here is the result of a very lucky break!  

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Jackson g

Not often I can enter a vertebrate entry from Mississippian limestone, so why not?

 

Found: March 14 2021.

Species: Deltodus sp. crushing toothplate 

Geologic age and formation: Burlington Formation (Mississippian)

Location found: Henry County, Missouri

 

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fifbrindacier

Found : March 21th 2021

Species : Odontaspis sp

Geologic age : Serravalian

Location : France, department of Gironde

 

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Here it is, now that it is dry! 

 

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Carcharias (probably C. acutissima - see other thread :))

 

Coco

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sharkdoctor

Found: 3/21/21

Name: Otodus angustidens

Formation: Old Church Formation

Age: Oligocene

Location: Central Virginia

 

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Top Trilo

Just an otodus I could buy one of those for $2. Just kidding, lovely find. All the vertebrate entries are shark teeth and all are awesome it will be tough to decide and then only one for Invertebrates or plants, great fossil but he needs some competition

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FranzBernhard
37 minutes ago, Top Trilo said:

great fossil but he needs some competition

Ok, ok, understood ;):D.

Though no real competition for this lovely fern, I am throwing in two simple and common fossils from the Gosau-group of Gams in Styria:

 

Found: 03/13/2021

Name: Gastropod Ampullina bulbiformis (Sowerby, 1831)

Formation/Age: Grabenbach-formation?, Gosau-group of Gams / Turonian-Coniacian

Site: Haspelgraben, Gams near Hieflau, Styria, Austria

It was found loose in the creek (lower left), no prep involved:

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Franz Bernhard

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FranzBernhard

And the second one:

Found: 03/13/2021

Name: Colonial coral

Formation/Age: Noth- or Grabenbach-formation, Gosau-group of Gams / Turonian-Coniacian

Site: Haspelgraben, Gams near Hieflau, Styria, Austria

Also found in the creek (lower left), no prep involved:

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Franz Bernhard

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Jackson g
2 hours ago, Top Trilo said:

great fossil but he needs some competition

Here is some more competition for the inverts! Was hoping to have time to finish prep on an Agaricocrinus calyx, but this Macrocrinus came out nice and was done this month.

Found: March 7, 2021.

Species: Macrocrinus verneuilianus 

Geologic age and formation: Burlington Formation (Mississippian)

Location found: Henry County, Missouri

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JamieLynn

Gonna add another Crinoid in for the running! 

• Date of Discovery   March 20 2021

• Scientific and/or Common Name : Delocrinus vulgatus

• Geologic Age or Geologic Formation : Pennsylvanian Period  Harpersville Formation

• State, Province, or Region Found:   Texas

 

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Nice to see the new entries filling up the contest this month. We've got 3 more days than we had last month so take advantage of the extra time and go hunt for something worthy of a FOTM entry. :)

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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historianmichael

Here is another entry to the invertebrate competition. Sorry Frank! 

 

Date of Discovery: March 13, 2021

Scientific and/or Common Name: Claw of Calappid Crab Prehepatus harrisi (with some original shell preserved)

Geologic Age or Geologic Formation: Late Cretaceous Period, Wenonah Formation

State, Province, or Region Found: Monmouth County, New Jersey

 

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1 hour ago, historianmichael said:

Here is another entry to the invertebrate competition. Sorry Frank! 

 

Date of Discovery: March 13, 2021

Scientific and/or Common Name: Prehepatus harrisi (with some original shell preserved)

Geologic Age or Geologic Formation: Late Cretaceous Period, Wenonah Formation

State, Province, or Region Found: Monmouth County, New Jersey

 

 

 

 

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Allowing my ignorance to shine... what is Prehepatus harrisi ?

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historianmichael
32 minutes ago, jpc said:

 

Allowing my ignorance to shine... what is Prehepatus harrisi ?

 

It is a species of calappid crab. I edited my post to add this further detail.

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From JSTOR 

 

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historianmichael

An old but new find. Last night I broke down some extra blocks of matrix that I collected in August 2019 from the now closed Tibbs Bridge Road site in Murray County, Georgia. The first block I broke exposed the left side of this relatively large and well preserved Aphelaspis brachyphasis. As many know, the trilobites from Tibbs Bridge Road tend to be small and not well preserved, so I was shocked by how relatively large and well preserved this trilobite is. Over about an hour I slowly carved away at the mudstone with an X-Acto blade to expose the rest of the trilobite. I am really excited with how it turned out. As an added bonus, there is an imprint of a piece of the agnostid trilobite Glyptagnostus reticulatus just to the left of it. 

 

Date of Discovery: March 28, 2021

Scientific and/or Common Name: Aphelaspis brachyphasis

Geologic Age or Geologic Formation: Middle Cambrian Period, Conasauga Formation

State, Province, or Region Found: Murray County, Georgia

 

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