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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, 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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Fin Lover

How about if I start things off this month?  

 

Found October 2, 2022

Otodus angustidens 

Oligocene (either Chandler Bridge or Ashley formation)

Ladson, SC

While it is not in the best condition, I am entering since 4 and 3/32 inches is a big angy.

 

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Florida Man

Scored this absolutely gorgeous Dire Wolf canine this past week just 10 feet away from where I found a M1 carnassial last year and is quite possibly associated.

 

• Date of Discovery: October 8, 2022

• Scientific: Canis Dirus, Dire Wolf

• Geologic Age: Pleistocene

• State: Florida

 

 

 

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I will give this one a try. Hope it still counts. I already put it on the FB page.   It's a jaw joint of a very big Pliosaur. Based on size, geological age and locality, probably Pliosaurus brachyspondylus. The size of the fossil is approximately 30 cm. I estimate that the complete jaw would be about 2 metre!

 

Because its part of the jaw of the biggest carnivore that ever lived (or so they say), I am very happy with this find and therefore I put this here in the contest.

 

• Date of Discovery: September 17, 2022, preparation completed on October 3, 2022

• Scientific name: Pliosaurus brachyspondylus

• Geologic Age: Upper Jurassic (Kimmeridgian)

• Region: North of France, Pas de Calais

 

See in situ and after preparation pictures:

 

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Nice! Please add to this entry the information in the requested format:

 

******* 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

 

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

Upper Jurassic (Kimmeridgian?), Boulonnais arrea, North of France. Based on size, geological age and locality, probably Pliosaurus brachyspondylus. Found on 17 September 2022, preparation finished on 3 October 2022. See in situ and after preparation pictures.

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Awesome find, Niels! :default_clap2: I should really get back out there myself some time!

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9 hours ago, sjaak said:

• Date of Discovery: September 17, 2022, preparation completed on October 3, 2022

• Scientific name: Pliosaurus brachyspondylus

• Geologic Age: Upper Jurassic (Kimmeridgian)

• Region: North of France, Pas de Calais

Thanks. ;)

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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• Date of Discovery: October 6th, 2022 (Opened.  The unopened concretion was collected in early August.)

• Scientific and/or Common Name: Spider, not sure of the exact species.  Looks similar to Aphantomartis

• Geologic Age or Geologic Formation: Mazon Creek fossil deposit, Francis Creek Shale, 307 million years ago, Carboniferous

• State, Province, or Region Found: Pit 3,  Braidwood, IL

• Photos of Find:

 

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I'll looking for the few missing chips.  I'll update if I find them.  This is what I'm looking through.

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FossilDAWG

Wow! Incredible spider! :wub:

Don

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Creepy! And just in time for Halloween! :P

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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sixgill pete

Guess I will add my entry for vert FOTM.

 

Found Wednesday October 5, 2022

Archeocete Whale; Basilosaurid indet. 

Upper P3 or P4 premolar.

Eocene Castle Hayne Formation, Comfort Member

Jones County, North Carolina

 

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Notidanodon

This fossil is unusual as it is the only one I’ve found with the little Denticles intact :) 
 Date of Discovery  (month, day, year): August 15th 2022 (prepped October 1st 2022)

• Scientific and/or Common Name:  Hybodus fin spine

• Geologic Age or Geologic Formation: BrownwoodAptian, Shepards chine member, coquina limestones, Vectis formation,

• State, Province, or Region Found: Shepards chine, Isle of Wight

 

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Notidanodon

Complete belemnites are uncommon from here :) 
 
Date of Discovery  (month, day, year): August 13th 2022 (prepped October 1st 2022)

• Scientific and/or Common Name:  Belemnitella mucronata

• Geologic Age or Geologic Formation: Wight Campanian. B.mucronata zone white chalk sub group

• State, Province, or Region Found:, Whitecliff bay Isle of Wight

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WyomingRocks!

Date of Discovery  (month, day, year): October 2, 2022

Scientific and/or Common name Tyrannosaurid tooth

Geologic Age or Geologic Formation: Cretaceous, Judith River Fmtn

State, Province, or Region found: Hill Cnty, MT

 

 

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KompsFossilsNMinerals

Just found this guy about an hour ago! My first complete Isotelus from NY.
 

• Date of Discovery  (month, day, year)- October 29th, 2022

• Scientific and/or Common Name - Isotelus (gigas?)

• Geologic Age or Geologic Formation - Ordovician, Trenton Group

• State, Province, or Region Found - New York

• Photos of Find

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Date of Discovery  (month, day, year) -  October 12, 2022

Scientific and/or Common Name-    Amaltheus stokesi

Geologic Age or Geologic Formation- Middle Lias, Lower Jurassic 

State, Province, or Region Found- Robin Hood's Bay, Near Whitby 

 

 

As found

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Prep Work by Malcom Sharp

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11 minutes ago, LiamL said:

Prep Work

Interesting.

There was some stuff added at the lower right part of the ammo to get a nice and pleasing, complete curvature?

But not sculpted to pretend to be an original part of the ammonite.

Very clever!
Franz Bernhard

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3 minutes ago, FranzBernhard said:

Interesting.

There was some stuff added at the lower right part of the ammo to get a nice and pleasing, complete curvature?

But not sculpted to pretend to be an original part of the ammonite.

Very clever!
Franz Bernhard

Yes, the small part of the outer keel had been lost when I split it on the beach.

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This illustrates the great state of preservation seen from the Jacksboro Texas site.

 

-Date of Discovery  (month, day, year) October 8, 2022

• Scientific and/or Common Name     Astartella varica

• Geologic Age or Geologic Formation   Finis Shale member of Graham fm, Upper Pennsylvanian

• State, Province, or Region Found   Jack County Texas

• Photos of Find

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18 minutes ago, BobWill said:

This illustrates the great state of preservation seen from the Jacksboro Texas site.

 

-Date of Discovery  (month, day, year) October 8, 2022

• Scientific and/or Common Name     Astartella varica

• Geologic Age or Geologic Formation   Finis Shale member of Graham fm, Upper Pennsylvanian

• State, Province, or Region Found   Jack County Texas

• Photos of Find

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These are one of my favorite bivalves, and this is a really nice example.

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