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February 2017 Finds Of The Month

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OK, January was a little light on the vertebrate entries; so some of you fossil hunters need 'put your backbone into it' this month!  :)  :D

 

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 February 28th. 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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I'll start this month of with a Mosasaur tooth in jaw section I found on Feb 6. North Sulphur River Texas. Cretaceous, Ozan Formation. I would guess Tylosaur based on how big it is even without enamel. 

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A good start for this months contest!

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desmostylus tooth

 

Found Feb 1 2017 in Bakersfield CA, round mountain silt formation, Miocene epoch.

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might need some lightened photos of the Bakersfield tooth.  Hard to see it for what it is.  (My two cents).

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Ctenecanthus fish spine, found February 5th 2017 in Gilboa NY. Gilboa formation, Middle Devonian. Donated to American Museum of Natural History.

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On 2/10/2017 at 4:30 PM, jpc said:

might need some lightened photos of the Bakersfield tooth.  Hard to see it for what it is.  (My two cents).

I tried to take some better pics, it's kind of hard the tooth is so dark.   

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Very rare Pachyarmatherium scute, found 2/3/17. North Florida, Early Pleistocene. I.D'd by Dr. Hulbert.

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I think this counts as vertebrate, right? Tetrapod footprint, unknown species since it's the first recorded one from the formation I found it in! Western Maryland, Upper coal layers of the Purslane Formation, Pocono Group. Lower Mississippian (lower to middle Visean) aged. It's pretty cool because the rocks I found it in come from a time period when worldwide tetrapod fossils and footprints are very rare called Romer's Gap. I found it on February 2, 2017. 

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Invertebrate

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Spathites puercoensis

Upper Cretaceous (Turonian) Carlile Shale

New Mexico, USA

Discovered: February 12th

 

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 Huge Ammonite Septum for NSR. Found Feb 13. North Sulphur River Texas. Upper Cretaceous Ozan Formation.

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Alright, i'll put in a vertebrate entry:

 

Found yesterday, 14/2/17. Popped out after work to check a game camera - wasnt even meaning to look for fossils lol.

 

Anyways..


It's a vertebra from the largest terrestrial lizard known to have ever existed, Megalania prisca (or is it now Varanus priscus?). They got to about 20' long. Fun fact: it is thought that the first Aborigines in Australia probably met them...wouldn't that have been fun?

 

Lets go with:

Megalania prisca

Pleistocene,

Queensland, Australia

 

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that vertebra is awesome, nice find

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Ash, looking at your concept picture, I'm not so convinced how "fun" that really would have been. 

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Partial rostrum of Aspidorhynchus sp showing prominent dentition found today 02/18/2016 from the Oxford Clay, Peterborough Formation, UK.

 

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An extremely rare Jurassic fish in the Lower Oxford Clay (Peterborough Formation) a single specimen is held In the NHM, London.

 

 

This specimen will now be taken to the Peterborough Museum for further research.;)

 

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I'll chime in an invertebrate entry, I guess.

 

It's a smashed arachnid, probably a Phalangiotarbi as identified by Dr. J. Dunlop.

 

I found it back on February 11, but collected it on February 2 like the other tetrapod footprint. Sometimes it's harder for me to see things in the field than at home, especially smaller specimens like this. Age is lower Mississippian, Purslane Formation which is part of the Pocono Group. Western Maryland, USA. It's pretty cool since it's one of the first arachnids from the formation, and is mostly all there! It's only missing a couple of legs on the right side.

 

How often do you see an arachnid on here? ;)

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