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April 2021 - 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 APRIL 30, 2021

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   (month, day , year) 

• 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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fossilcrazee

First field trip in months - so I'll kick off with the best find from the day for this month's poll.

 

Found April 7, 2021

Carcharodon Carcharias /Extant Great White Shark

Pliocene Yorktown Formation, 3-5 MYA

Green Mill Run, Pitt County, NC, USA

 

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musicnfossils

 

 

Found April 14th, 2021 

Articulated Sacral Vertebrae 

Indeterminate hadrosaur species 

Dinosaur Park fm, 76.9-75.8 MYA 

Steveville Area, Newell County, Alberta, Canada 

 

 

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Runner64
On 4/15/2021 at 11:57 AM, musicnfossils said:

Found April 14th, 2021 

Articulated Sacral Vertebrae 

Indeterminate hadrosaur species 

Dinosaur Park fm, 76.9-75.8 MYA 

Steveville Area, Newell County, Alberta, Canada 

 

Cool find! Happen to find any additional articulated parts for this hadrosaur?

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Captcrunch227
22 hours ago, musicnfossils said:

Found April 14th, 2021 

Articulated Sacral Vertebrae 

Indeterminate hadrosaur species 

Dinosaur Park fm, 76.9-75.8 MYA 

Steveville Area, Newell County, Alberta, Canada 

Any pictures of them out of the ground or prepped?

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Thecosmilia Trichitoma
1 hour ago, Captcrunch227 said:

Any pictures of them out of the ground or prepped?

It is illegal to do so in Alberta, Canada, and the museum that was contacted about the find said it was in too rough of shape to excavate. THIS THREAD explains more.

 

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Thecosmilia Trichitoma

I don't want to speak too early, but I think I know which entry will win this month! However, with all of the rare fossils people are finding every month, I have a feeling even more will be added to this amazing smorgasbord!

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historianmichael

Some great vertebrate entries so far! Here is my entry to start the invertebrate competition. Finally got around to taking some good pictures of it.

 

Date of Discovery: April 3, 2021

Scientific and/or Common Name: Ecphora quadricostata

Geologic Age or Geologic Formation: Late Pliocene Epoch, Yorktown Formation, Rushmere Member

State, Province, or Region Found: Virginia

 

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mikeymig

• Date of Discovery - 4/09/2021

• Scientific and/or Common Name - Atactotoechus fruticosus (Calcareous Bryozoa colony)

• Geologic Age or Geologic Formation - Middle Devonian (Givetian), Kashong member, Moscow formation

• State, Province, or Region Found - New York

 

 

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crabfossilsteve

I sure like those bryozoan puzzles.  Be interesting to see them in-situ before being put together.

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mikeymig
On 4/20/2021 at 5:46 PM, crabfossilsteve said:

I sure like those bryozoan puzzles.  Be interesting to see them in-situ before being put together.

Thats not a bad idea. The problem I have is that I never know how they will turn out. A lot of times I collect these colonies with a portion exposed and thats it. just a few pieces. The exception (like this specimen) is that the part exposed is only the tip of the iceberg and I have to dig/follow the rest of the colony into the formation. If I find another colony this season I will try to document as much as I can. Maybe a video. Thanks, Mikey 

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I often take photos in the field trying to provide nice in-situ imagery. Often, the photos only document a fragmented specimen (or worse a "faker") but then digital images are significantly cheaper than film days. :)

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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Top Trilo

I just thought of something, this does not apply to me but could someone enter a fossil into two months? for example they enter one they just found in one month and then also enter it after there has been substantial preparation?

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3 minutes ago, Top Trilo said:

I just thought of something, this does not apply to me but could someone enter a fossil into two months? for example they enter one they just found in one month and then also enter it after there has been substantial preparation?

No. Either it is entered in the month it is found "as-is" or in the month when substantive preparation is done, not both. 

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Jackson g

Date of Discovery: April 18, 2021

Scientific and/or Common Name: spiriferid brachiopod with athyrid brachidium

Geologic Age or Geologic Formation: Burlington Formation 

State: Henry County, Missouri 

 

This beauty is 1.6 inches in length.

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FranzBernhard

Wow! Great fossils and great variation. I would like to add another twist:

 

One way to rescue ugly fossils in Austria :D.

Two weeks ago I discovered two distinct beds with abundant hippuritid rudists, mostly different Vaccinites species, in the Upper Cretaceous Kainach Gosau, Styria, Austria. Nothing of that kind was known in that particular area, it was the total unexpected result of my prospecting for Trochactaeon snails. Most of these rudist outcrops are located along forest roads, and some are natural outcrops. However, most of the fossils that I have collected during the last three visits were taken from the pavements of the forest roads. Here I present one example, the ID was made by a local expert. The species belong to the family plagioptychidae, and several of that type were found at that site. Best tool to release these from the pavement is a screwdriver. And all of them were already severely driven over...:zen:.

Found: 04/25/2021

Name: Rudist Plagioptychus aguilloni (d´Orbigny, 1840)

Formation: Geistthal-Formation, Gosau-Group of Kainach (Upper Santonian - Lower Campanian)

Site: Römaskogel-33, Kainach near Voitsberg, Styria, Austria

First row as it appeared in the pavement after little cleaning (below the x). The pen is 13.7 cm long. About 10 Vaccinites were "rescued" from the same area.

Second row freshly exposed specimen - a double specimen!

Third row cleaned specimen; to the left another specimen found at the same spot (neglect it for the contest ;)).

I admit, these are some of the ugliest fossils I have seen, but I like them anyways :).

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Its a weird shaped type of aberrant bivalve (well, a rudist), here is a set of pics from a paper for comparison:

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Thanks for looking!
Franz Bernhard

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Natalie81

This will be my entry for this month, it was found on April the 17th 2021

Goniatite: Crickites sp.  

Late devonian

Chimay ( Belgium )

25 cm in diameter

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Crusty_Crab

Found on April 20, 2021

Cricket (Superfamily Grylloidea) and Damselfly (Suborder Zygoptera)

Upper Parachute Creek Member of Green River Formation

Eocene

Colorado, USA

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Lots of fantastic invertebrates this month, but a last-minute entry is a must:)

• Date of Discovery: April 11

• Scientific and/or Common Name: Gerasimovcyclus lahuseni

• Geologic Age or Geologic Formation: JurassicMiddle Oxfordian, Сardioceras tenuiserratum ammonite zone (160 ma)

• State, Province, or Region Found: Russia, Moscow Oblast, Peski

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LSCHNELLE

Beautiful entries this month especially the invertebrates. Impressive dinosaur find! I am just showing off my largest Shark vertebra centra (by four-fold in two dimensions) at 63mm x 59mm x 16mm. Not usually seen in my area. I prepped and displayed the undamaged back side. 

 

Date of Discovery: April 25

• Scientific and/or Common Name: Cretoxyrhina sp. (lamniform shark vertebrae centra) 

• Geologic Age or Geologic Formation: Cretaceous, Turonian (Eagle Ford South Bosque Member)

• State, Province, or Region Found: Travis County, Texas

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Date of Discovery: April 18th, 2021

Scientific and/or Common Name: Peripristis semicircularis (shark tooth)

Geologic Age or Geologic Formation: LaSalle Limestone (Late Pennsylvanian)

State, Province, or Region Found: LaSalle Co., Illinois, USA

 

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Very cool! I love shark teeth that don't resemble in any way the more modern ones I work with on a daily basis.

 

Several hours left to get your last minute entries in for this month. ;)

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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