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January 2022 - 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 JANUARY 31, 2022

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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I guess I'm kicking this off...

 

Cheers,

Rich

 

Date of Discovery: 01/03/2022 (Opened via Freeze/Thaw was in the process for about 4 months) Concretion collected in August 2021.

Scientific name: Syncarid shrimp, maybe Acanthotelson stimpsoni or Paleocaris typus, Can't see the tail to tell for sure.

Geological Age/Formation: Francis Creek Shale (Pennsylvanian)

State, Province, or Region Found: Mazon River, Morris, IL

 

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2 minutes ago, Nanotyrannus35 said:

Nice Shrimp!

Thanks!

 

Cheers,

Rich

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flipper559

Very nice specimen Rich !!

Terrific photos too !!

Rock On !!

Phil

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45 minutes ago, flipper559 said:

Very nice specimen Rich !!

Terrific photos too !!

Rock On !!

Phil

Thanks!

 

Cheers,

Rich

 

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1 hour ago, stats said:

I guess I'm kicking this off...

I guess you are--that's a beaut!

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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23 minutes ago, digit said:

I guess you are--that's a beaut!

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

Thanks!

 

Cheers,

Rich

 

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ThePhysicist

For consideration, this neat Cretaceous metatherian mammal molar I found in micromatrix:

 

• Date of Discovery:  January 10, 2022

• Scientific and/or Common Name: Metatheria (marsupial)

• Geologic Age or Geologic Formation: Aguja Formation (Late Cretaceous ~ 82 - 77 Ma)

• State, Province, or Region Found: Brewster County, Texas, USA

 

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Artwork by Peter Schouten

Thanks to @jpc for help with identification.

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Date of Discovery: Collected summer 2021, concretion opened 01/14/2022

Scientific name: Annularia inflata

Geological Age/Formation: Francis Creek Shale (Pennsylvanian)

State, Province, or Region Found: Grundy County, Illinois

 

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59 minutes ago, connorp said:

Date of Discovery: Collected summer 2021, concretion opened 01/14/2022

Scientific name: Annularia inflata

Geological Age/Formation: Francis Creek Shale (Pennsylvanian)

State, Province, or Region Found: Grundy County, Illinois

 

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Nice one, Connor!  River?

 

Cheers,

Rich

 

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Agreed! That's a right pretty one--and good size too!

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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