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June 2024 - 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 (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 JUNE 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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Platecarpus sp. mosasaur carcass  -this carcass consists mostly of vertebrae and jaw fragments.

All of the fossils were found within 40 meters of each other.


 

 

-Date of Discovery: June 1st 2024

-preparation completion date: June 2nd 2024

-Scientific and/or common name: Platecarpus sp. (Mosasaur)

-Geologic formation and/or geologic age: Niobrara Chalk, Late Cretaceous

-State, province, or region found: Kansas, USA

 

 

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This picture is of some of the fossils before prep (ignore the shark tooth) (I also want to note that they were not naturally found in a pile like this)IMG_1070.thumb.jpeg.e2ca2a716a5e7374894b3f9670d61e8d.jpeg

This picture shows all of the fossils after prep organized like how they would’ve been on the mosasaur with the jaw being on the bottom and the tail vertebrae being at the end. (Obviously there would have been more fossils but they got destroyed by weathering).

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This picture shows some of the vertebrae 

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This picture shows a jaw fragment with one of its teeth in it.

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Hi All,

This was a pretty amazing find for me compared to the other shark teeth I've encountered over the past year of fossil hunting.

Up for consideration for FOTM is an anterior tooth from Xiphodolamia ensis.

As I understand the species was quite enigmatic, which is what makes the tooth so interesting to me. 

 

 

 

• Date of Discovery: June 1, 2024 

• Scientific and/or Common Name: Xiphodolamia ensis Shark tooth

• Geologic Formation and/or Geologic Age: Shark River Formation, Eocene

• State, Province, or Region Found: Monmouth Co., New Jersey

 

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Size : 40 centimeters.

That's a big ammonite for this site.

I had a hard time picking it up and à lot of people went to see what i was doing and to support me in my efforts.:)

 

 

 

Date of discovery June 8, 2024

Scientific and/or common name Menuites fresvillensis.

Geologic formation and/or geologic age : Maestrichtian

State, province or region found : France, Bidart, Erretegia beach.

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A beautifully preserved Phyllocarid carapace, found on Day 2 of the annual Penn Dixie "Dig with the Experts". I had to consult the experts as I had never found any part of a phyllocarid before! The preservation is unusually crisp, with the ornamentation very clear. Although this guy is 400 million years old, there is a extant species of phyllocarid today. Hammer prepped when found

 

 

 

 

Date of discovery June 9, 2024

Scientific and/or common name : Phyllocarid sp. carapace

Geologic formation and/or geologic age :  Middle Devonian, Windom Shale

State, province or region found :  Penn Dixie Quarry, Blasdell NY  USA

 

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29 minutes ago, TNGray said:

A beautifully preserved Phyllocarid carapace, found on Day 2 of the annual Penn Dixie "Dig with the Experts". I had to consult the experts as I had never found any part of a phyllocarid before! The preservation is unusually crisp, with the ornamentation very clear. Although this guy is 400 million years old, there is a extant species of phyllocarid today. Hammer prepped when found

 

Date of discovery June 9, 2024

Scientific and/or common name : Phyllocarid sp. carapace

Geologic formation and/or geologic age :  Middle Devonian, Windom Shale

State, province or region found :  Penn Dixie Quarry, Blasdell NY  USA

 

 

Looks like Echinocaris punctata, possibly.

 

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Don't be shy everyone~ While there are amazing entries already, the more the merrier!  :) 

-Jay

 

 

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― Jules Verne, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

 

 

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