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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 JULY 31, 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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dinosaur man

 

•Date of Discovery: Thursday July 8th, 2020

•Scientific and/or Common Name: Mucrospirifer thedfordensis

•Geologic Age or Geologic Formation: 350 million year old Hungary Hollow Formation and Arkona Shale

•State, Province or Region Found: Rock Glen, Arkona Ontario 

 

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Manticocerasman

I usally only find invertebrtes in the deposits that I prospect since vertabrate remains are very rare in the Devonian layers in Belgium, and often badly preserved.

But this time I hit the jackpot with a very well preserved piece of placoderm armor :)

 

 

 

Found on Saturday the 3rd of July 2021.

Placoderm armor : Aspidichthys cf.

Late Devonian ( Frasnian ) Neuville formation

Chimay ( Belgium )

 

as found:

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after chemical prepparation:

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Very nice! We're off to a fine start for both categories. :thumbsu:

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

 

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historianmichael

That piece of placoderm armor is incredible! Great find!

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dinosaur man

Amazing piece of Placoderm armour, great find!

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Jurassic Fossils

My first entry ever...found yesterday at Cap Blanc Nez.

 

 

Date of Discovery  (july, 13, 2021) 

• Scientific and/or Common Name: Epihoplites Compressus

• Geologic Age or Geologic Formation: Gault Clay. Albian age

• State, Province, or Region Found: Cap Blanc Nez, France.

 

 

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Huntonia

Very nice! :ammo3:

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Top Trilo

A bit more variety, my largest and favorite find, this 8.1 pound (3.7 kg) chunk of cretaceous petrified wood with great detail and colorful botryoidal chalcedony.

 

 

•Date of Discovery: Saturday July 10th, 2021

•Scientific and/or Common Name: Family Lauraceae, laurel tree.

•Geologic Age or Geologic Formation: Late Cretaceous, Maastrichtian age, 70-66 million year old Daswon Formation

•State, Province or Region Found: Arapahoe County, Colorado

 

 

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On 7/13/2021 at 1:49 AM, Manticocerasman said:

after chemical prepparation:

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Lovely :wub:  If you don't mind me asking, what kind of chemical prep was used?

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Mainefossils

I guess I will give this one a shot... 

 

It really amazes me how much variety there is in the scale ornamentation of thelodonts - many "new" species actually turn out to be just new scales from the same species. The one below is a cephalo-pectoral scale. You can get an idea of how many different scales can be found on this thelodont here (this specimen is scale C): https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRNizwd18mwWUGPGvlzSKrYlbOlWi4g-UdJgA&usqp=CAU

 

 

Date of Discovery: July 7, 2021

Scientific Name: Phlebolepis elegans 

Geologic Age or Geologic Formation: Pridoli, Silurian; Leighton Formation 

State, Province, or Region Found: Pembroke, Maine. 

 

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Very nice! I enjoy learning new things and "thelodont" wasn't in my active vocabulary or anywhere on my radar screen till I saw your entry.

 

Do you have a larger copy of the plate showing the different scale types? It would be interesting to see the variety.

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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Mainefossils

I do, but it is part of a Jstor article, so I can only share the link and not the full image. It is from Buccopharyngo-Branchial Denticles of Phlebolepis elegans Pander (Thelodonti, Agnatha), here: https://www.jstor.org/stable/20490988?Search=yes&resultItemClick=true&searchText=phlebolepis&searchUri=%2Faction%2FdoBasicSearch%3FQuery%3Dphlebolepis%2B%26acc%3Doff%26wc%3Don%26fc%3Doff%26group%3Dnone%26refreqid%3Dsearch%3A41c0f48b1a33a6feec442dd26e5b7acb&ab_segments=0%2FSYC-5910%2Fcontrol&refreqid=fastly-default%3A63ee827d1246bbf42e9c2ea1b34ac07a

 

Thanks for your interest! 

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piranha

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figures from:

 

Märss, T., Wilson, M.V.H. 2008
Buccopharyngo-Branchial Denticles of Phlebolepis elegans Pander (Thelodonti, Agnatha).

Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 28(3):601-612

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Thanks! I'm so sorry for the inconvenience - I was under the impression it was against the terms and conditions. Guess I was wrong. :unsure: :DOH:

Thanks for your help!

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will stevenson

Found a very rare hybodont shark from the Isle of Wight recently

this tooth came from the vectis formation, the limestones of this formation hold a lot of shark remains but the thin mudstones higher in the formation aren’t recorded to even have shark remains, so this could be a first!

Date of Discovery: July 11th 2021

Scientific Name: Parvodus heterodon  

Geologic Age or Geologic Formation: Cretaceous, barremian; vectis Formation 

State, Province, or Region Found: Yaverland, Isle of Wight 

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An example of the rock it came from

 

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2 minutes ago, sharkdoctor said:

@will stevenson Great finds, Will!

I’ve got another one coming! :) 

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I did spend a week hunting every low tide on the Isle of Wight so I found a lot , I was very lucky with a few of my finds though so I have quite a few :) Here is one of my favourite finds! 
It is worn but still very rare especially during the summer!

Date of Discovery: July 11th 2021

Scientific Name: theropod indet

Geologic Age or Geologic Formation: Cretaceous, barremian; Wessex  Formation 

State, Province, or Region Found: Yaverland, Isle of Wight 

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15 minutes ago, Fossildude19 said:

@will stevenson - Your entries should be separate.  ;) 

Yes sorry about that, the forum joined my topics for me (I assume as I posted too many times in a row) how should I undo that :) 

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Will, do you have more than two entries in the vertebrate category?

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6 minutes ago, Kane said:

Will, do you have more than two entries in the vertebrate category?

Hi Kane, yes I do :) if that’s forbidden I can take it down. I do understand that it limits my chances of winning by splitting the votes but I care more about showing people what I found :) 

Should I will remove the croc tooth to deal with the double post and too many entries? They are all fairly rare so I thought they were all worth an entry

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1 minute ago, will stevenson said:

Hi Kane, yes I do :) if that’s forbidden I can take it down. I do understand that it limits my chances of winning by splitting the votes but I care more about showing people what I found :) 

Aye, rule #2 of the contest will mean you will have to decide on your very best two. ;) And, don't forget that you can still proudly show what you found in the non-contest threads, too. :dinothumb:

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10 minutes ago, will stevenson said:

Should I will remove the croc tooth to deal with the double post and too many entries?

 

Edit the post to reflect which of the two you want to enter.  ;)

 

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