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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 (or any staff) 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, 2024

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 MAJORITY of prep in the contest month. Pre-Prep Photos need to be dated with the start of the month date, and then finished prep date must be supplied.  Entries not including this information/photos will be disqualified.
  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 READ AND UNDERSTAND THE RULES BEFORE YOU POST!!!

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT A MOD OR ADMIN.
ENTRIES NOT FOLLOWING THE REQUESTED FORMAT WILL BE ELIMINATED FROM THE CONTEST!!

 

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

 

Information about your find. A short paragraph or sentence or two about why it should be fossil of the month.

Rarity, completeness, beauty, etc.

 

 

• Date of Discovery  [month, day, year]

• Preparation Completion Date (if prepped) [month, day, year]

• Scientific and/or Common Name

• Geologic Formation and/or Geologic Age

• 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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For the sake of adhering to the rules, finds will have to be approved, before being seen by the membership at large.

They will be approved as the mods/admins have time to check for proper formatting, identification,  prep dates, etc.


READ THE RULES CAREFULLY!

 

ANY ENTRIES NOT FOLLOWING THE REQUESTED FORMAT or PROVIDING NEEDED DETAILS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED!!!

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Hi everyone. I thought I’d get the ball rolling for this month with this Moa claw I recently found. I’ve always wanted to find one as I thought it would be the closest I might come to finding a dinosaur claw. I know technically Moas are dinosaurs, but you know what I mean -_-
 

• Date of Discovery  6 April 2024

• Preparation Completion Date  7 April 2024

• Dinornithiformes (Moa) claw. Unidentified genus and species.

• Late Pleistocene (< 100,000 years)

• South Island, New Zealand

 

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After prep

 

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Hi

 

Ive not posted for a while as I’ve been busy with work. Here is an ammonite I found last week near Lyme Regis.

Ammonite is 6 inches across

 

 

 

Date of discovery: 9th April 2024

Date of preparation: 11th April 2024

Scientific or Common Name:Liparoceras sp. (Possibly divaricosta)

Geologic Formation or Time period : Green Ammonite member, Davoei Zone, Pliensbachian, Lower Jurassic (Circa 190 million years ago)

State,Province, or region found:  St Gabriel’s Mouth near Seatown, Dorset, U.K. 
 

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After prep

 

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The moa claw is starting to get lonely by itself in the FOTM.

Still time to enter something you are prepping or get out there and find something.

 

To me it's all about celebrating our finds in one place - bringing together into one area from the different threads.

Not about the digital badge.

So don't be shy :thumbsu:

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I collected this Mazon Creek concretion from the Mazon River in August 2023.  It has been in freeze/thaw since January 2024.  The surface is a little ugly and it has a shape that suggests a fern.  It opened last Friday evening.  There is a fern inside, but nestled up next to it is a pretty rare polychaete worm from Mazon Creek.  It's a Palaeocampa anthrax.  If you heard a yell last Friday about 11 PM CDT... it was me.  I was very excited!

  • Date of Discovery: April 12th, 2024
  • Preparation Completion Date: April 13th, 2024 (some cleanup and gluing)
  • Scientific and/or Common Name: Palaeocampa anthrax
  • Geologic Formation and/or Geologic Age: Francis Creek Shale, Pennsylvanian
  • State, Province, or Region Found: Illinois

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7 hours ago, Doctor Mud said:

The moa claw is starting to get lonely by itself in the FOTM.

Still time to enter something you are prepping or get out there and find something.

 

To me it's all about celebrating our finds in one place - bringing together into one area from the different threads.

Not about the digital badge.

So don't be shy :thumbsu:

Easy for you to say...you have a Moa! :heartylaugh: I might have an entry, just waiting to see if significant prep is made this month (I'm not the one prepping it).

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9 hours ago, stats said:

There is a fern inside, but nestled up next to it is a pretty rare polychaete worm from Mazon Creek. 

Very clever in ticking both the plant and invertebrate boxes for the IPFOTM category. :P

 

Lovely entry.

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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1 hour ago, Fin Lover said:

Easy for you to say...you have a Moa! :heartylaugh: I might have an entry, just waiting to see if significant prep is made this month (I'm not the one prepping it).

Still feeling lucky and happy whatever happens here. Glad to see fossils showing up to join the claw. Fingers crossed your fossil gets prepped. I’m intrigued! 
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Very minor prep on this.  Cleaned a little around the teeth and upper palate.  Last picture is where it was found on the beach under about 6 inches of water at low tide.  

 

Besides teeth from these animals, skull components are surprisingly rare to find.

2 hours of prep time finished on 4-16-2024

 

 

 

 

 

  • Date of Discovery: 4-10-2024
  • Preparation Completion Date: April 16, 2024
  • Scientific and/or Common Name: Desmostylus hesperus skull 
  • Geologic Formation and/or Geologic Age: Miocene-Astoria Formation 17.2 mya
  • State, Province, or Region Found: Lincoln County Oregon

 

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Found this Cheek/Skull Teeth section on the Kaw River, it is From a White Tail Deer (Odocoileus virginianus).

 

 

 

  • Date of Discovery: April 14th, 2024
  • Scientific and/or Common Name: Odocoileus virginianus
  • Geologic Formation and/or Geologic Age: Glacial deposits, Kaw River KS
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On 4/17/2024 at 11:45 PM, Doctor Mud said:

So don't be shy :thumbsu:

 

 

Alright, I'll enter something just for the fun of it :)

My first mandible with teeth. Complete incisor with nice colors.

I labeled it as Ondatra sp. since differences between zibethicus and cinnamonius teeth/mandibles are basically nonexistent.

 

 

 

 

 

Date of Discovery: April 5th, 2024

Scientific and/or Common Name: Ondatra sp. -- Muskrat mandible

Geologic Formation and/or Geologic Age: Glacial Deposits

State, Province, or Region Found: Kansas, U.S.A.

 

 

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