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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, 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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Hi! I want to enter this starfish. Scale bar = 1 cm

 

 

 

Discovered on 16 of October, 2021. Prepped on 5 of November, 2021  

Urasterella montana starfish

Upper Carboniferous (Pennsylvanian) Kasimovian stage Kreviakian substage

Quarry near Kasimov town, Ryazan region, Russia

 

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WOW! What a way to start this month off!

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Beautiful, congrats on the find! Lovely prep work too!

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sixgill pete

Very nice starfish. 

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Nice prep! And great starfish!

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Just curious. I am newbie here. Is that normal that I am the only one still?

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Mainefossils
14 minutes ago, Kanopus said:

Just curious. I am newbie here. Is that normal that I am the only one still?

Yes - generally they start coming in towards the later third of the month. It really varies a lot though, you never can tell when you'll discover an amazing fossil. ;) Such as your excellent sea-star! That is one of the best preserved and prepped echinoderms I have seen. Nice job! :)

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Top Trilo

Also, there isn't as many people looking for fossils in November, so less entries into FOTM. More will come shortly.

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will stevenson

I will be posting one once its back from prep so dont worry :) 

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Hello, I'd like to enter this ammonite. . .

This was a very exciting find today!

 

 

 

Discovered-11/14/2021

Coilopoceras inflatum

Upper Cretaceous/ Turonian: Juana Lopez member of the Mancos shale

Sandoval County, New Mexico

 

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Dang, @Opuntia...that is a really great find! (They are not often found in such good condition.)

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1 hour ago, PFOOLEY said:

Dang, @Opuntia...that is a really great find! (They are not often found in such good condition.)

Super thrilled with this find. The haul out of the desert was humbling 

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bthemoose

Here's my first ever FOTM entry!

 

 

November 14, 2021

Palaeocarcharodon orientalis, a.k.a. the pygmy white shark

Late Paleocene (Thanetian), Aquia Formation, Piscataway Member

Potomac River, Charles County, Maryland, USA

 

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David in Japan

Hi, it has been quite a while but let me put an entry.

It is a 4 mm high Protolamna tooth with the lingual (weak) and labial fold incredibly preserved.

The tooth has some small damages on the left part of the root (in lingual view).  Feeding wear on the main cusp and on the first pair of cusplet.

Second pair of cusplet visible of the right side in lingual view, which seems to be uncommon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Found the 4th of November.  Finished the prep 19th of November

Protolamna sp.  (I think it is a P. sokolovi but not 100% sure.)

Hinoshima formation, santonian,

Japan

 

Before cleaning:

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After prep:

 

 

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PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS!

 

Please remember to follow the Format laid out in the directions.
I've corrected them this time, but, if you do not follow directions. your entry could be subject to elimination.

 

Thank you.

 

 

******* 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.)

 

Look, ... there is a reason we request this to be formatted this way.

The reason for this formatting is to make it easier on the Mod or Admin creating the contest EVERY MONTH to more easily put the contest together, by copying and pasting the already formatted items into the new post. If you do not follow the formatting, you are making more work for the mods and admins.

Photos should be in the order of BEFORE PREP and AFTER PREP, if applicable.

 

We donate our time and efforts into making this a great forum for everyone.

The least you can do is to follow the directions, and help to make one part of our jobs a bit less of a hassle.

Thanks for your cooperation and understanding going forward.

 

 

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While not technically fully prepped, this fossil has been significantly prepped, and will see further acid prep in December at SMU where it will be studied.

For those who have seen the topic for it, I may as well include the brief, exciting update that came about today over the phone - Michael Polcyn, who researches early mosasaurs at SMU, will be researching this specimen starting December - I'll be meeting him for the pickup, and he'll give me a tour of the lab and his other specimens he's researching. We'll stay in good contact (I requested to be as completely involved as possible), and he even suggested that I (as well as Christian, my step brother) co-author the paper! I'm excited and nervous.

 

I unfortunately don't have just one picture that encapsulates the entire pre-prep specimen - too many pieces. If more are needed for confirming it, I have plenty more I can upload :)

 

Oh, and much credit to @Ptychodus04, who prepped it and went above and beyond - we were on a budget, and he worked wonders despite those constraints.

 

Date of Discovery: September 18, 2021 (Prepped from November 4th -8th)

Scientific and/or Common Name a basal Mosasaur (no further ID yet)

Geologic Formation and age: Eagle Ford formation (Turonian)

 Region Found: Central Texas

 

Pre-prep:

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And here are photos of the two main blocks post-prep:

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Edited by Jared C
accidentally had an extra picture
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I thought for some reason that one couldn't edit posts after they were uploaded to the contest, and had some extra photos. I made post below pointing out my error, then realized they could in fact be edited. However, posts can't be deleted, so I'm editing what I had to explain the now random post here. Whoops

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DPS Ammonite
19 minutes ago, Jared C said:

I requested to be as completely involved as possible), and he even suggested that I (as well as Christian, my step brother) co-author the paper! I'm excited and nervous.

 

 

Kudos to Polycn for allowing you to be a coauthor. I wish that someone would do the same for me in Arizona with my new fossil finds. Inverts don’t get enough financial support and love.

 

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1 minute ago, DPS Ammonite said:

Kudos to Polycn for allowing you to be a coauthor. I wish that someone would do the same for me in Arizona with my new fossil finds. Inverts don’t get enough financial support and love.

 

I was certainly shocked when he suggested it - I thought I'd be lucky to just spectate and ask questions, maybe even spend some some days in his lab doing odd tasks here and there that might help - this is well beyond what I thought would come from my inquiry!

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