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Winner of the March 2018 Vertebrate Fossil Of The Month!

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WhodamanHD

Congrats @Uncle Siphuncle

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Ancient Bones

Congratulations  Uncle Siphuncle !  That was a beauty !

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ynot

Congratulations on the great find and win!

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jcbshark

Congrats Dan, amazing find for sure:fistbump:

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Uncle Siphuncle

Thanks yall.  That one provided "thrill of discovery without the pain of recovery".  I have a strong preference for same-day-portable fossils, though, like this one.

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Coco

Congrats Dan, :dinothumb: I read the story of this discovery with greediness, little as a child who discovers a whole magic world !

 

Coco

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Ludwigia

A prize for posterity :) Congrats, Dan!

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RJB

Congrats Dan!!! 

 

RB

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Mike from North Queensland

Congratulation on such a mammoth find

 

Mike D'Arcy

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Foozil

Congrats!

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Tidgy's Dad

Congratulations, Uncle! 

A well deserved win. :)

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Uncle Siphuncle

While I’m generally known as a “finders-keepers” collector when I stumble onto something impressive, I knew I’d met my match with this one.  Giving it away to a motivated buddy was a decision that came easily.  Handing off this chance speaks of how I value my buddies.

 

While the section closest to the surface was unstable, condition of the rest  was unknown.  I knew I could have been giving away a largely solid tusk potentially, but I was at peace with my snap decision to step away from this one.  

 

It wasn’t a”handout” per se, as Herculean sweat equity was required to have a chance to even assess the thing.  But I tend to hang out with industrious individuals who take calculated risks for occasional huge rewards, so digging without guarantees was our Manifest Destiny.

 

I’d have to say that my favorite part of the experience was the camaraderie and brainstorming of logistics with a small cadre of trusted buddies during the nail biting weekdays between recovery sessions.  

 

“To the motivated go the spoils!” (But not every time.)

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old bones

Congratulations, Dan. What a feeling that must have been, to see that huge tusk finally exposed. Sigh...my favorite fossil animal.

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DevonianDigger

Congrats, Dan!

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Fruitbat

Congratulations on the spectacular find, Dan.  You don't fool me though...you knew the thing was mush when you handed it over to to your poor, unsuspecting friend! :D  "...industrious individuals who take calculated risks for occasional huge rewards", huh? Looks more like an opportunity to giggle softly while somebody busts his hump trying to save a lost cause!  (Just kidding, of course!)

 

-Joe

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Uncle Siphuncle
1 hour ago, Fruitbat said:

Congratulations on the spectacular find, Dan.  You don't fool me though...you knew the thing was mush when you handed it over to to your poor, unsuspecting friend! :D  "...industrious individuals who take calculated risks for occasional huge rewards", huh? Looks more like an opportunity to giggle softly while somebody busts his hump trying to save a lost cause!  (Just kidding, of course!)

 

-Joe

A little schadenfreude is good for the soul.

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Max-fossils

Congrats @Uncle Siphuncle on this phenomenal find!!! When you first posted pictures of it, I just knew for sure that it would completely steal the show and take first place. I am glad that you put it in the FOTM after all! 

 

And a very generous action of you to give it to your buddy :dinothumb: 

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Fruitbat

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JOE

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PFOOLEY

Congratulations, Dan! :fistbump: 

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MeargleSchmeargl

I guess you could say this is a find of mammoth proportions! :P

 

Congrats on the literally huge find!

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FossilDAWG

Congratulations Dan.  I hope Anthony can get Humpty Dumpty put back together again, although then he will be the one needing a bigger house.  Probably worth it to display a fossil like that one.

 

Don

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Uncle Siphuncle
51 minutes ago, FossilDAWG said:

Congratulations Dan.  I hope Anthony can get Humpty Dumpty put back together again, although then he will be the one needing a bigger house.  Probably worth it to display a fossil like that one.

 

Don

The old adage of “choose your battles” applies to both marriage and fossil collecting....sometimes simultaneously.

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JarrodB

Congrats on the win buddy. 

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Andy B

WOW! Congratulations on a beauty find!

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