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December 2016 Finds Of The Month

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The November contests brought us another first time winner (Vieira) and a six-time winner (TqB)!  Both of their fossils reveal that it doesn't necessarily take a rare or exotic find to win the contest.  ;) 

 

It is now the last month of the year; who is going to finish it with their best find of 2016?  :trilosurprise:

 

Remember...carefully read the rules below, make sure you include all the required information, and 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. Best of success to all, and good hunting!

Entries will be taken through December 31st. Please let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for sharing more of your fossils and research this month.

To view the Winning Fossils from past contests visit the Find Of The Month Winner's Gallery.
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Rules for The Fossil Forum's Vertebrate and Invertebrate/Plant Find of the Month Contests

1. You find a great Vertebrate Fossil or Invertebrate/Plant Fossil! Only fossils found by you.

2. Post your entry in the Find of the Month topic. Use a separate post for each entry. (Only two entries per contest category.)

3. Your Fossil must have been found during the Month of the Contest, or most of the significant Preparation of your Fossil must have been completed during the Month of the Contest.

4. You must include the Date of your Discovery (when found in the contest month); or the Date of Preparation Completion and Discovery date (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.

6. You must include the common 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. Play fair and honest. No bought fossils. No false claims.

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. So, only entries posted with a CLEAR photo and that meet the other guidelines will be placed into the Poll.

Within a few days, we will know the two winning Finds of the Month! Now, go find your fossil, do your research, and make an entry!

 

 

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Hi, that's the first time i post in the fossil of the month and i know the competition of this month will be a great and stimulating one.

Friday 12/02, i found this glycymerys in the department of Landes, south-west of France in a quarry of ochre sands from the Langhian-Serravallian (-16 to -11MY) age.

I've cleared out most of its matrix, but there remains bits of it, so i show a photo taken before its preparation. It is about 10 cm of width.

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The same day, friday december the second, in that quarry in the department of Landes, South-West of France, in Langhian-Serravallian (-16 to -11MY) soils, i found that crassostrea longirostris. It is 25 cm of lenght and has a valve of another oyster and many debris of shells sticked on it.

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Hi.  Here's my vertebrate entry.  A lot of it is still covered with shale but it's probably the best Helodus tooth I have ever found.

 

Shark tooth

Helodus affinis

Upper Carboniferous

Pennine Middle Coal Measures formation

West Yorkshire, UK

Found Saturday, 10th of December 2016

 

 

 

Daniel

 

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Trilobite

Olenellus terminatus (x3)

Cambrian

Pyramid Shale Formation

Tecopa, CA

Found Sunday, Dec 4, 2016

 

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On 12/6/2016 at 2:41 PM, fifbrindacier said:

Hi, that's the first time i post in the fossil of the month and i know the competition of this month will be a great and stimulating one.

Friday 12/02, i found this glycymerys in the department of Landes, south-west of France in a quarry of ochre sands from the Langhian-Serravallian (-16 to -11MY) age.

I've cleared out most of its matrix, but there remains bits of it, so i show a photo taken before its preparation. It is about 10 cm of width.

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You should post pictures of the prepped piece.

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On 14 décembre 2016 at 7:48 AM, ynot said:

You should post pictures of the prepped piece.

You're right.

I did my best to clear it out from its matrix with vinegar and knife (i hope Santa Klaus will be generous for me this year, so that i could buy the good equipment). I'd like go on working on it but i fear to break it. Here are some pictures of it as it is now :

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Wait for me! I'm going back to Okinawa for our holidays!

If I get any vert stuff then I might win!

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Are thee fossils in Okinawa?

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yep. You can find some on those beautiful beaches. The tourists look at the sea so much they forget to pick up the fossils!:P

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My entry for the Vertebrate FOTM is a partial (left side?) Chiroptera (bat) dentary. 

 

Found on December 3rd. in the shelly matrix collected by TFF member Sacha from a spoil pile in the Indian River near Merritt Island, Florida. 

 

Late Pleistocene 

Melbourne Bone Bed

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My second submission is this lizard (Dactyloidae?) autotomous caudal vertebra found on December 9th..

 

Found in the shelly matrix collected by TFF member Sacha from a spoil pile in the Indian River near Merritt Island, Florida. 

 

Late Pleistocene 

Melbourne Bone Bed

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Oh wait... then I might not.

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Hi.  Here's my invertebrate entry.  It's a Goniatite multiblock from West Yorkshire, UK.  It comes from the Lower Coal Measures (upper Carboniferous).  I found it today.  The nodule is in 3 pieces.  It contains the largest Goniatite I have ever found and a few other nice Goniatites.  All of the complete Goniatites are still partly covered with rock.

 

I think they are Gastrioceras sp.

 

Daniel

 

The nodule which contains the fossils

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A worn Goniatite and a Goniatite which seems to be complete (though it is a bit worn)

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The largest Goniatite in the block.  It seems to be complete.

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Loriolia rosana block from the Glen Rose of Texas. Found July 2014, finished prep December 18, 2016. Before and after photos below.

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Here is my entry for invertebrate find of the month!

 

 It is not very old, but is in perfect condition!

 

Triodopsis sp. Land Gastropod

Tarantian Stage of the Pleistocene

Mississippi River Loess Bluffs

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Anthony, nice job on the prep. Lots of hidden treasures in there.

 

TNCollector, she's a beauty!  Whurlapaloosa!

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2 hours ago, caldigger said:

Anthony, nice job on the prep. Lots of hidden treasures in there.

 

TNCollector, she's a beauty!  Whurlapaloosa!

Thank you! I rarely get the chance to collect the Pleistocene so this was a refreshing change!

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7 hours ago, TNCollector said:

Here is my entry for invertebrate find of the month!

 

 It is not very old, but is in perfect condition!

 

Triodopsis sp. Land Gastropod

Tarantian Stage of the Pleistocene

Mississippi River Loess Bluffs

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that's just supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

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19 hours ago, -AnThOnY- said:

Loriolia rosana block from the Glen Rose of Texas. Found July 2014, finished prep December 18, 2016. Before and after photos below.

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My first FOTM submission - and my FIRST complete/large/in great shape Meg!!

 

Species: Carcharocles megalodon

Location Found: Greenville, NC at Greens Mill Run

Date Found: 12/18/2016 approx. 10 AM

Formation: York Town or Pungo (could be either? I'm still learning this stuff, forgive me and allow me to correct if I am wrong, please.)

Time: Miocene-Pliocene.

Length: 5.5 inches measuring straight down side of root to tip, 5.7 inches measuring diagonally from root tip to tooth tip over top of tooth. 4.5 inches across at widest points of the root. 

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6 hours ago, AshHendrick said:

My first FOTM submission - and my FIRST complete/large/in great shape Meg!!

 

Species: Carcharocles megalodon

Location Found: Greenville, NC at Greens Mill Run

Date Found: 12/18/2016 approx. 10 AM

Formation: York Town or Pungo (could be either? I'm still learning this stuff, forgive me and allow me to correct if I am wrong, please.)

Time: Miocene-Pliocene.

Length: 5.5 inches measuring straight down side of root to tip, 5.7 inches measuring diagonally from root tip to tooth tip over top of tooth. 4.5 inches across at widest points of the root. 

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Fantastic Meg. Being from GMR, and the size of it,  would say Yorktown Formation; Pliocene. 

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How about a Vermont Trilobite from the Upper Ordovician? I found it September 10th (see my report Extreme Fossil Hunting by Canoe) and prepped it today. It is two inches long and if you look at the left side it appears that there is a ventral oriented under it. You can see several pleura and a genial spine protruding on the left side.

Flexicalymene senaria

Upper Ordovician

Crown Point Formation

Grand Isle, Vermont

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