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Summer is in full swing, here in the Northern Hemisphere. 

Heat, sun, mosquitos, spiders, scorpions, ticks, chiggers, snakes, and wildlife of all sorts are a 

daily part of the fossil hunting .

Be safe out there, but go get some nice fossils for the contest. 
The older you get, the faster the summer goes! ;) 

 

*** SPECIAL NOTE: ***

IF YOU HAVE WON A FOTM CONTEST IN THE LAST 6 MONTHS, 

PLEASE CONSIDER GIVING SOMEONE ELSE A CHANCE TO 
GET THIS HONOR, IN FAIRNESS TO ALL. 

THANK YOU. 

 

 

 

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Remember...PLEASE carefully read ALL of the rules below, ... make sure you 

include all the required informationIN THE REQUESTED FORMAT

 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 until 11:59:59 PM EDT on JULY 31, 2018

Any fossil submitted after that time, even if the thread is still open, will be deemed ineligible! 

 

 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. 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 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 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.

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 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. 

Tell us more about your fossil, and why you think it is worthy of the honor. 


*******Please use the following format for the required information:*******

 

Date of discovery

Scientific or Common name

Geologic Age or Geologic Formation

State, Province, or Region found

Photos  of find:(if prepped, before and after photos, please.)

Limit - 4 photos, please.

 

Only entries posted with a CLEAR photo 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.

Once the Contest Submission period has ended, after all the votes are tallied, and the Polls for both categories are closed, we will know the two winning Finds of the Month for JULY 2018 !  

 

Now, go find your fossil, do your research, and make an entry!

Good luck! :D

 

 

Significant preparation" ( ie: substantial, a revealing and/or repairing of 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.

 

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Nimravis

I will start the July Invertebrate Finds off.

 

Though the below species is considered "common" in Mazon Creek Essex Fauna, this is the most "sexy" example that I have ever found, and the concretions split open very nicely.

 

NAME OF FOSSIL:                                                Cyclus americanus

YEAR CONCRETION WAS COLLECTED:           1999

DATE CONCRETION WAS OPENED:                  7-4-2018

LOCATION FOUND:                                               Braceville Shaft Mine-  Braceville, Illinois (Mazon Creek)

AGE OF FOSSIL:                                                    Francis Creek Shale / Middle Pennsylvanian 

 

 

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caldigger

BANG! And we're off.

 

I have to say I had to look this up and your example looks better than most of the images I found for it. :dinothumb:

Still not something I would want crawling up my swim trunks.

 

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Nimravis
12 minutes ago, caldigger said:

BANG! And we're off.

 

I have to say I had to look this up and your example looks better than most of the images I found for it. :dinothumb:

Still not something I would want crawling up my swim trunks.

 

Ditto on the swim trunks and other pics of this little guy.

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fossilized6s

This is believed to be the first example of Orthacanthus to be found from this region. 

 

Found 7-1-18

LaSalle County, IL

Upper Pennsylvanian

Orthacanthus sp. 

 

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digit

...and Illinois is well represented in this World Cup (er, I mean FOTM) competition. :P

 

Two great entries to get this month started. I think the Cyclus is so well preserved because the nodule was collected shortly after it formed--1999? Jeez, that's persistent dedication.

 

Looking forward to what else this month has in store for us but already I'm liking how this month's competition is starting out.

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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Nimravis
1 hour ago, digit said:

and Illinois is well represented in this World Cup (er, I mean FOTM) competition. :P

I have one more thing from Illinois for this category that I opened on 7-1, but am holding off until the end of the month, just in case I crack something better open.

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Peat Burns

My submission is this rare trilobite:

 

Pseudodechenella lucasensis 

Found July 8, 2018

Prep completed July 9, 2018

Restoration completed July 12, 2018

 

Found, prepped, and restored by me.

 

Silica Shale, Paulding, Ohio

Middle Devonian: Givetian

 

As found:

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After prep:

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After restoration:

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doushantuo

That is some prepping,Peat.:dinothumb::dinothumb:

 

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Peat Burns
Just now, doushantuo said:

That is some prepping,Peat.:dinothumb::dinothumb:

 

Thank you, Ben :)

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doushantuo

Does every collector have an (innate?)ability to,so to speak,"see beyond the matrix"?

Did you immediately realize "hang on,there might be more to this than its superficial appearance?"

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Peat Burns
57 minutes ago, doushantuo said:

Does every collector have an (innate?)ability to,so to speak,"see beyond the matrix"?

Did you immediately realize "hang on,there might be more to this than its superficial appearance?"

I wish :).  With trilobites, if I see a pygidium or a cephalon which has even one thoracic segment attached (and going into the matrix), I collect it for further examination in the lab.  Isolated cephalons and pygidia rarely have any thoracic segments attached.  So if they do, there's a good chance for a complete trilo.

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Nimravis

Great entry Tony @Peat Burns

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Peat Burns
9 minutes ago, Nimravis said:

Great entry Tony @Peat Burns

Thanks for suggesting it.  I would never have thought to otherwise :)

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WhodamanHD

Thats gonna be hard to top!

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DanKurek

Some amazing finds this month. The entry this month is my first ever self collected plant fossil. Approximately 9cm in length. 

 

7th of July, 2018

Laurus Leaf

Unknown Formation, Mid Eocene

Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia

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MeargleSchmeargl

Lovely competition so far!

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Nimravis

The below concretion is one that I was going to put aside and Freeze / Thaw over the Winter. Right before I separated it out, I decided to try and crack it open; I was glad that I did, a beautiful example of a Coelacanth emerged after being collected over 20 years ago.

 

NAME OF FOSSIL:                                                Rhabdoderma exiguum (Coelacanth)

YEAR CONCRETION WAS COLLECTED:           5-1998

DATE CONCRETION WAS OPENED:                  7-16-2018

LOCATION FOUND:                                               Braceville Shaft Mine-  Braceville, Illinois (Mazon Creek)

AGE OF FOSSIL:                                                    Francis Creek Shale / Middle Pennsylvanian 

 

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fossilized6s

Holy Moly, Ralph!!! That's just amazing ...........and not fair! Lol

 

Congratulations on the rare find. 

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FossilDAWG

:faint:

 

Don

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Nimravis
37 minutes ago, fossilized6s said:

Holy Moly, Ralph!!! That's just amazing ...........and not fair! Lol

 

Congratulations on the rare find. 

Thanks, I was very happy with this find.

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caldigger

Ralph has really been honing his fishing skills as of late. :drool:

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