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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 OCTOBER 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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So it's practically Mid-October and no entries yet?? Wow...well, I guess I'll get things started! 

 

 

• Date of Discovery  : October 9, 2021

• Scientific and/or Common Name: Dimetrodon  phalange.

• Geologic Age or Geologic Formation : Permian

• State, Province, or Region Found : Texas  Size 5/8 inch (15mm) 

 

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And an entry for the invertebrate contest too! (It was a good weekend) Size: 3/8 inch (1cm) 

 

 

• Date of Discovery : October 8 2021

• Scientific and/or Common Name: Goniatite Uddenites sp.

• Geologic Age or Geologic Formation : Finis Shale, Pennsylvanian

• State, Province, or Region Found : Texas

 

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An unexpected find at the start of the month, when the research focused on plant fossils !

 

 

Date of discovery: October,  10/ 10 /2021

Common name: Spider ; scientific name unknown, indet. Chelicerate

Geologic age: Messinian

Formation : lacustrine volcano sedimentary formation, ancient diatom lake

Region: near Murat town, Cantal dept. , France

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6 minutes ago, marguy said:

¡Un hallazgo inesperado a principios de mes, cuando la investigación se centró en fósiles de plantas !

Fecha de descubrimiento: 10 de octubre de 2021

nombre común: Araña; nombre científico desconocido, indet. Quelicerato

Edad geológica: Messiniense

Formación : formación volcánica lacustre sedimentaria, antiguo lago de diatomeas

Región: cerca de la ciudad de Murat, departamento de Cantal. , Francia

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Congratulations, nice achievement.:wub:

 

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• Date of Discovery  : October 2, 2021

• Scientific and/or Common Name: Saurocephalus woodwardii 

• Geologic Age or Geologic Formation : late cretaceous - Maastrichtian

• State, Province, or Region Found : ENCI, Maastricht, Limburg, The Netherlands

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On 10/13/2021 at 9:20 PM, marguy said:

An unexpected find at the start of the month, when the research focused on plant fossils !

Date of discovery: october,  10/ 10 /2021

common name: Spider ; scientific name unknown, indet. Chelicerate

Geologic age: Messinian

Formation : lacustrine volcanosedimentary formation, ancient diatom lake

Region: near Murat town, Cantal dept. , France

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Wow!!!!!!Super!!!!!!!!!

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KompsFossilsNMinerals

Heres one of my entries for Find of the Month.

 

Date of Discovery  : October October 8, 2021

• Scientific and/or Common Name: Greenops sp.

• Geologic Age or Geologic Formation : Middle Devonian, Windom shale

• State, Province, or Region Found : New York, USA

 

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Probably one of the best finds I have ever made, a nearly complete disarticulated Echinocaris punctata!

 

 

 

Date of Discovery  : October 15, 2021

• Scientific and/or Common Name: Echinocaris punctata

• Geologic Age or Geologic Formation : Middle Devonian, Windom shale

• State, Province, or Region Found : New York, USA

 

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Date of Discovery: September 25, 2021

Date of Preparation Completion: October 20, 2021

Scientific and/or Common Name: Crinoid Cup (currently undescribed)

Geologic Age or Geologic Formation: Lower Permian, Moran Formation

State, Province, or Region Found: Coleman County, Texas

 

Before prep:

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Hello everyone, 

For this month I am putting forward my best find to date, a mostly intact mandible belonging to a camel. In Nevada, camel species are poorly studied, with only a few researchers attempting to identify species back in the 1900-1950's range. As a result, most are only named by their Genus followed by an arbitrary local landmark or the researcher's name as a species. In any literature describing the exact site this piece was found, researchers in the 1950's disagree heavily on how to identify these fossils so they simply refer to them by Genus. 

 

I am very proud of this piece as it was the first time I have ever jacketed a fossil before and it took much more work than I realized (not to mention was about 250lbs to carry through the desert). I elected to leave it in a slab so that it can be looked down on through glass to give it an "in-situ" feel. I used a dilute solution of paraloid B-72 to solidify the soft sandstone matrix.

 

 

 

• Date of Discovery  (June, 07, 2021) Date of Prep Completion (October, 10, 2021)

• Aepycamelus sp. 

• Formation: Truckee River - Age: Middle Miocene, Clarendonian 

• Nevada, U.S.A.

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Wow, there are so many wonderful finds this month! Gonna be hard to choose.... :)

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7 hours ago, NevadaHunter said:

I elected to leave it in a slab so that it can be looked down on through glass to give it an "in-situ" feel.

Holy Molly!! :default_faint:

I can not really judge on rareness and significance of this find, which is both great. But I am very deeply impressed how you arranged to display and protect this important specimen. It has build its own house around it, literally :dinothumb::wub:

Thanks for sharing!

Franz Bernhard

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I've been searching for a crinoid calyx in New York's Middle Devonian for years. Finally I found one and with arms. So here it is:

 

Arthroacantha sp.

Middle Devonian

Oatkacreek Formation

Mottville Member

Marcellus Shale

Hamilton Group

Morrisville, N.Y.

 

Found October 3rd

Preparation completed by Ptychodus04 October 13th.

 

Here is before preparation:

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4 hours ago, Jeffrey P said:

And after preparation

When I drove to Kris to drop off some slabs to be prepped, I believe I had the pleasure of seeing this piece in his workshop - it's even more impressive in person! Didn't know that was your find, really great stuff!

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12 hours ago, FossilDAWG said:

It's going to be impossible to pick just 1 this month! :default_faint: :default_faint: :default_faint:

 

Don

That's why you get to pick 2, one for vertebrate, one for invertebrate :D

I agree though, lots of incredible fossils this month, it will be hard to choose.

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So I tried my luck at the old quarry at Liesberg, Switzerland, last Sunday and thought the trip was mostly a bust (trip report to follow soon, hopefully). Sure, I had found some sea urchins (which is rare for me), but all were either crushed or with extremely poor preservation. That is, until I washed my final specimen last night and discovered it's a partial crinoid holdfast ("root structure"), preserved in three dimensions. It's very small, and it much to look at. But seeing I understand these structures to be rare and there's an arm of the same species lying next to it, I thought I'd still enter it here. I've no hopes of beating the competition, of course, but let this be a way of me sharing my find :)


Date of discovery October 24th, 2021
Scientific and/or common name Millecrinus horridus crinoid holdfast and arm
Geologic age Middle Oxfordian Jurassic
State, province or region found Liesberg, Baselland, Switzerland

 

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On 10/30/2021 at 12:47 AM, Jared C said:

When I drove to Kris to drop off some slabs to be prepped, I believe I had the pleasure of seeing this piece in his workshop - it's even more impressive in person! Didn't know that was your find, really great stuff!


I’m scheduled to start your prep sometime tomorrow. :thumbsu:

 

 I have a few hours left on a fish that is taking WAYYYY too long to complete and then it’s your turn.

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5 hours ago, pachy-pleuro-whatnot-odon said:

I've no hopes of beating the competition, of course, but let this be a way of me sharing my find 

Thanks! We hope this friendly competition each month serves as a place for members to submit finds that they are proud of and which will (hopefully) make other members drool. :drool:

 

Don't get too caught-up in the competition for the little digital award. Finding cool (sometimes scientifically important specimens) is its own reward and what keeps motivating us to plan future fossil hunts. ;)

 

 

Little over half a day left to get in some final entries for this month. A fossilized bat would be quite appropriate. :P

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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