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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 MAY 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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Jared C

I'll kick us off this month with an upper cretaceous Cidarid. I took and composed these photos just with my phone, a fun process to play with. It and the other specimen found that day have since been specified further from just "cidaroid" and are at least in Cidaridae, with Cidaris or Prionocidaris as plausible candidates. More professional photos will be taken at some point in the near future, and perhaps then we'll come closer to a conclusion. 

 

• Date of Discovery: April 1st, 2022 (prepped May 2)

• Scientific and/or Common Name: unidentified cidarid

• Geologic Age or Geologic Formation: Dessau formation (Santonian age of the late Cretaceous)

• State, Province, or Region Found: Central Texas

 

In situ:

 

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More detailed close up of the good sides:

 

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Somewhat blurrier view of all sides:

 

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DPS Ammonite
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Jared, I saw that no one has posted yet. I was about to PM you to tell you to enter your great echinoid before it is too late. Thanks for posting; really nice photos and labels.

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Meganeura
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Since no one is posting here I guess I’ll give it a go, doubt it’ll win but I’m definitely proud of this fossil! It's obviously not an intact vertebrae, but it's super cool that the majority of the front of the vertebrae is still there, with one side of it popping out, and the other allowing for a cross section essentially!

 

• Date of Discovery: May 8th, 2022

• Scientific and/or Common Name: unidentified Cetacean vertebrae, presumably a whale due to size

• Geologic Age or Geologic Formation: Bone Valley Formation

• State, Province, or Region Found: Central Florida

 

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BentonlWalters

For my first entry in Finds of the Month here's a Lower Cambrian trilobite, Nevadia addyensis cephalon with a preserved genal spine. This is definitely one of my favourite finds to date for its age and since it comes from my home state of Washington, an area not particularly known for Palaeozoic fossils. In addition to the main cephalon, the rest of the block is full of other fragmentary trilo-bits, I count at least 8 additional partial cephalons.  

 

• Date of Discovery: May 20th 2022

• Scientific and/or Common Name: Nevadia addyensis (Okulitch 1951)

• Geologic Age or Geologic Formation: Addy Quartzite Formation (Lower Cambrian)

• State, Province, or Region Found: Roadcut near Addy, Northeast Washington State

 

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The positive

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The negative

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Thanks for taking a look,

Benton

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Paleoworld-101

I'm well accustomed to finding ichthyosaur vertebrae between the Jurassic coastline from Charmouth to Lyme Regis in the UK, but this is something different! A beautifully intact juvenile ichthyosaur femur. Picked up as-is off the beach, no preparation required. 

 

  • Date of Discovery: May 4th, 2022
  • Scientific and/or Common Name: Juvenile ichthyosaur femur (probably Ichthyosaurus)
  • Geologic Formation and Age: Charmouth Mudstone Formation (Early Jurassic)
  • State, Province, or Region Found: Charmouth Beach, UK

 

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JamieLynn

Found something worthy of Fossil of the Month entry!

  • Date of Discovery: May 20th
  • Scientific and/or Common Name: Echinoderm Oklahomacystis sp.
  • Geologic Formation and Age: Bromide Formation, Ordovician
  • State, Province, or Region Found: Oklahoma, Murray County
  • Size : 3/4 inch   2 cm

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On 5/25/2022 at 1:48 AM, Paleoworld-101 said:
  • Date of Discovery: May 4th, 2022
  • Scientific and/or Common Name: Juvenile ichthyosaur femur (probably Ichthyosaurus)
  • Geologic Formation and Age: Charmouth Mudstone Formation (Early Jurassic)
  • State, Province, or Region Found: Charmouth Beach, UK

 

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Very nice find, it's a beautiful little femur! :)

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Dean Ruocco

Found this partial Pterygotid yesterday. Despite being a partial and disarticulated it’s still a really rare Eurypterid! I think it’s worthy to be a candidate of FOTM!
 

Date of Discovery-5/28/22

• Scientific and/or Common Name-Acutiramus macrophthamus (pterygotid)

• Geologic Age or Geologic Formation-Late Silurian Bertie group Fiddlers green waterlime Phelps member

• State, Province, or Region Found-Ilion New York

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Indagator

Hi,

 

I would like to add this fossil for Fossil of the month. Prep was done by my friend @donckey.

 

  • Date of Discovery: May 14th
  • Scientific and/or Common Name: Nothosaurus sp. (skull)
  • Geologic Formation and Age: Muschelkalk, Triassic
  • State, Province, or Region Found: Winterswijk, The Netherlands

picture as found:

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picture prepped

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bthemoose

May 14, 2022

Palaeocarcharodon orientalis (Pygmy white shark)

Late Paleocene (Thanetian), Aquia Formation, Piscataway Member

Potomac River, Charles County, Maryland, USA

 

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41 minutes ago, Indagator said:
  • Date of Discovery: May 14th
  • Scientific and/or Common Name: Nothosaurus sp. (skull)
  • Geologic Formation and Age: Muschelkalk, Triassic
  • State, Province, or Region Found: Winterswijk, The Netherlands

picture as found:

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picture prepped

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Oh, wow! That's going to be hard to beat, I think! That's just such a rare find! Especially now that - as I believe - the quarry has reduced operation (or is closed down entirely?). That's a childhood dream of mine still, to find a skull like that (one such skull was actually discovered in the quarry when I was there one day, but I wasn't allowed to go and look, as I was too young and those who found it were afraid I might mess up their excavation). I used to visit the quarry when I was younger, but haven't been there in years. May be once I move back to the Netherlands I'll be able to visit again some time... What an amazing find! :default_faint:

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Meganeura
22 hours ago, Indagator said:

Hi,

 

I would like to add this fossil for Fossil of the month. Prep was done by my friend @donckey.

 

  • Date of Discovery: May 14th
  • Scientific and/or Common Name: Nothosaurus sp. (skull)
  • Geologic Formation and Age: Muschelkalk, Triassic
  • State, Province, or Region Found: Winterswijk, The Netherlands

picture as found:

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picture prepped

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I was hopeful as one of two vertebrates before this - but god, how does one beat a specimen this incredible?

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dhiggi

Going to throw this one in as we’ve been informed that it might be a new species. Hoping to have the prep work done in the next day or two which will either pin it down to a known species or confirm that it is indeed a new discovery, but as the end of the month is upon us, here it is in its present state…

 

Date of discovery: 15/05/2022

Name: Lobster/Eryma 

Age: Jurassic

Location: Near Whitby, Yorkshire, UK

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While it might not be the most visually stunning specimen, I was excited to find this small insect fossil as a personal first. I ended up finding several other insect fossils over the weekend, but none of them really compared to the simple symmetry of this one, so here is my submission for the month:

 

• Date of Discovery: Saturday, May 21, 2022

• Scientific and/or Common Name: ?Hymenoptera indet.

• Geologic Age or Geologic Formation: Late Eocene, Allenby Formation

• State, Province, or Region Found: Near Princeton, British Columbia, Canada

• Photos of Find (specimen is ~7mm long):

 

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