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November 2019 - Finds of the Month Entries

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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 NOVEMBER 30, 2019

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

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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caldigger

Very nice!

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Tidgy's Dad

Beautiful.:wub: 

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FranzBernhard

Very nice, indeed! A real eye-candy! Thanks for submitting!

Btw, would you like to share some background info with the rest of the world, @Greg.Wood :)? How it was found, how common or rare it is, something about the state of preservation (it seems exceptionally well preserved!), what kind of prep done, if any, etc...

Thanks so much!
Franz Bernhard

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Wrangellian

That's a beauty. Something tells me they are not a common find there.. (or we would see more of them?)

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digit

I have a particular passion for blastoids--though I've never found any (yet). If they were as common as rugose corals and brachiopods at Arkona, I surely would have focused my efforts on gathering some in a paleo version of an Easter Egg hunt.

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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Max-fossils

That's a cute little beauty!!! :wub: 

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Greg.Wood

@FranzBernhard

 

It was found while surface collecting in some newly slumped over material that washed out during the rain last week. Luckily it didn't roll very far (despite being so round!) so I have a good idea where it came from and I'll be back to excavate the area. I have found maybe ~7 blastoids at this location, all from the genus Heteroschisma (not quite as aesthetically pleasing in my opinion).

 

Fossils from this formation are generally preserved quite well, although compression or disarticulation are common. The matrix crumbles quickly and turns soft when wet so all I had to do was pluck it out of the mud. No prep was done aside from some gentle scrubbing with a toothbrush.

 

Looking at other ones found in the area, it is a very large and well preserved example. I would say it is an exceptional specimen of a common to uncommon species.

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digit

Thanks for the background on this. ;)

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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FranzBernhard

@Greg.Wood, Thank you very much for all the infos! Highly appreciated.

So that´s another fantastic nature-prepped fossil! Sometimes nature does a perfect prep job, and sometimes - not so good... 

Thanks again!
Franz Bernhard

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fifbrindacier

It has exquisite details, thanks for showing it to us.:envy:

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Mark Kmiecik
2 hours ago, FranzBernhard said:

"Fossil golf ball?"

No. No dimples. Probably just a petrified egg. :heartylaugh: Nice find.

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Al Tahan

I’m going to give my Rhinocaris columbina a go in IFOTM. I found this on November 2nd 2019. Phyllocarids are not too common and usually you find a piece or part. This is lucky because of the beautiful association of both carapaces and the telson! Disarticulated but associated....very exciting find for me.

Date of discovery: 11/02/19

Name: Rhinocaris columbina

Geologic Formation: Windom shale member, Moscow formation, Hamilton group. Middle Devonian (givetian) 

Location: Madison county, New York 

 

 

4 photos...this was tough to photograph for some reason. It just doesn’t pop well. Had to play with the lighting in my house. 
 

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photos with the scale

 

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And photos to show the details!

 

Thanks,

Al

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