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January 2017 Finds Of The Month


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It's a new year!  Think of the possibilities!  Think of the potential discoveries!  Imagine yourself suddenly seeing a find you only dreamed of...or never dreamed of.  :D  Let's see your best.

 

Remember...carefully read the rules below, make sure you include all the required information, and 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. Best of success to all, and good hunting!

Entries will be taken through January 31st. Please let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for sharing more of your fossils and research this month.

To view the Winning Fossils from past contests visit the Find Of The Month Winner's Gallery.
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Rules for The Fossil Forum's Vertebrate and Invertebrate/Plant Find of the Month Contests

1. You find a great Vertebrate Fossil or Invertebrate/Plant Fossil! Only fossils found by you.

2. Post your entry in the Find of the Month topic. Use a separate post for each entry. (Only two entries per contest category.)

3. Your Fossil must have been found during the Month of the Contest, or most of the significant Preparation of your Fossil must have been completed during the Month of the Contest.

4. You must include the Date of your Discovery (when found in the contest month); or the Date of Preparation Completion and Discovery date (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.

6. You must include the common 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. Play fair and honest. No bought fossils. No false claims.

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. So, only entries posted with a CLEAR photo and that meet the other guidelines will be placed into the Poll.

Within a few days, we will know the two winning Finds of the Month! Now, go find your fossil, do your research, and make an entry!

The human mind has the ability to believe anything is true.  -  JJ

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Invertebrate

Gryphaea (Bilobissa) dilobotes

Apart from the slight crack when cleaning, this example is most definitely the finest example of the humble “devils toe nail” Bivalvia from the English Lower Oxford Clay (Peterborough Formation) (Middle Jurassic) I’ve ever found.

Date found and prepped 02/01/2017

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Gryphaea Bilobissa dilobotes internal view of right valve close up 1a.jpg

 

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Regards.....D&E&i

The only certainty with fossil hunting is the uncertainty.

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Jaguar (panthera onca) proximal phalanx. ( Identified by Nate Curtis of prehistoric florida)

Pleistocene, north florida.

 

 Found today, 1/13/17

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Jake.

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My entry for vertebrate category.

Carcharocles Chubutensis

Miocene - Burdigalian

Portugal

Found in 30 th of december 2016 and prepared 3 th january 2017

 

"In Situ" and before preparation:

 

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The tooth finalized:

 

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Nice oyster @DarrenElliot.:)

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"On ne voit bien que par le coeur, l'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux." (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)

"We only well see with the heart, the essential is invisible for the eyes."

 

In memory of Doren

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Love those shark teeth in matrix!

"Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe" - Saint Augustine

"Those who can not see past their own nose deserve our pity more than anything else."

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Here is My entry into the vert. fossil of the month contest.

 

Dug on June 4 2015. Trip report here-

 

Allodesmus kernensis mandible with an upper incisor and a cetacean vertebra

Middle Miocene

Round Mountain Silt (Sharktooth hill)

Bakersfield, California, USA

 

Pictures as found...

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Darwin said: " Man sprang from monkeys."

Will Rogers said: " Some of them didn't spring far enough."

 

 

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After My second attempt to clean it up (Sept 2015)...

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At this point I tried to get a fossil prep professional to finish the prep work. He took it and kept it for 5 months and gave it back telling Me that He did not have the time to do a 6 hour job. (Aurgh.)

I waited and kept My eyes out for someone to do the finish work.

 

I decided to contact TFF's very Own Ptychodus04 (Kris), and see if He could do the marriage of a crown with a broken root to the root with no crown in the piece. He said "no problem". So I sent it to Him 10 days ago,

I got the finished product back today!

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Darwin said: " Man sprang from monkeys."

Will Rogers said: " Some of them didn't spring far enough."

 

 

  • Vertebrate Fossil of the Month AwardVertebrate Fossil of the Month AwardPaleo Partner AwardMember of the Month

My Fossil collection - My Mineral collection

My favorite thread on TFF.

 

 

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Here are a couple of close up pictures of the married incisor tooth and the canine tooth...

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Thank You for Your considerations.

Tony

 

PS Kris has an auction currently running for His fossil prep services!!! --

http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/71234-preparationmounting-service-auction/

 

Darwin said: " Man sprang from monkeys."

Will Rogers said: " Some of them didn't spring far enough."

 

 

  • Vertebrate Fossil of the Month AwardVertebrate Fossil of the Month AwardPaleo Partner AwardMember of the Month

My Fossil collection - My Mineral collection

My favorite thread on TFF.

 

 

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@ynot thanks for letting me play with this guy. It was fun to work on and is quite a specimen. 

 

The unfortunate part of preparing awesome fossils that belong to someone else is that you have to return them when you're done!!

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17 hours ago, Ptychodus04 said:

@ynot thanks for letting me play with this guy. It was fun to work on and is quite a specimen. 

 

The unfortunate part of preparing awesome fossils that belong to someone else is that you have to return them when you're done!!

 

16 hours ago, digit said:

Sweet!!!!!

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

 

3 hours ago, Vieira said:

Amazing. Fantastic piece Tony :dinothumb:

Thanks Guys!!

Tony

Darwin said: " Man sprang from monkeys."

Will Rogers said: " Some of them didn't spring far enough."

 

 

  • Vertebrate Fossil of the Month AwardVertebrate Fossil of the Month AwardPaleo Partner AwardMember of the Month

My Fossil collection - My Mineral collection

My favorite thread on TFF.

 

 

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23 minutes ago, ynot said:

 

 

Thanks Guys!!

Tony

 

Tony, sorry to forget you in my thanks. Ynot is so scary that I totally focused on him in order to stay on his good side. :P

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5 minutes ago, Ptychodus04 said:

 

Tony, sorry to forget you in my thanks. Ynot is so scary that I totally focused on him in order to stay on his good side. :P

:hearty-laugh:

But Ynot is such a friendly, helpful and low key kinda guy.:ninja:

Darwin said: " Man sprang from monkeys."

Will Rogers said: " Some of them didn't spring far enough."

 

 

  • Vertebrate Fossil of the Month AwardVertebrate Fossil of the Month AwardPaleo Partner AwardMember of the Month

My Fossil collection - My Mineral collection

My favorite thread on TFF.

 

 

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1 hour ago, Ptychodus04 said:

 

What? The last time I went into a volcano with him he bit my finger off!

You must be confusing Ynot with someone that warships golden rings.:headscratch:

Ynot would never do something like that:(, He would not leave a witness!:P

 

Ynot/Tony

Darwin said: " Man sprang from monkeys."

Will Rogers said: " Some of them didn't spring far enough."

 

 

  • Vertebrate Fossil of the Month AwardVertebrate Fossil of the Month AwardPaleo Partner AwardMember of the Month

My Fossil collection - My Mineral collection

My favorite thread on TFF.

 

 

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On 1/16/2017 at 2:47 AM, Vieira said:

 

My entry for vertebrate category.

Carcharocles Chubutensis

Miocene - Burdigalian

Portugal

Found in 30 th of december 2016 and prepared 3 th january 2017

 

Hey hi Vieira,

What is the size of this beautiful tooth?

Tony

Darwin said: " Man sprang from monkeys."

Will Rogers said: " Some of them didn't spring far enough."

 

 

  • Vertebrate Fossil of the Month AwardVertebrate Fossil of the Month AwardPaleo Partner AwardMember of the Month

My Fossil collection - My Mineral collection

My favorite thread on TFF.

 

 

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On ‎16‎/‎01‎/‎2017 at 11:47 AM, Vieira said:

My entry for vertebrate category.

Carcharocles Chubutensis

Miocene - Burdigalian

Portugal

Found in 30 th of december 2016 and prepared 3 th january 2017

 

"In Situ" and before preparation:

 

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The tooth finalized:

 

IMG-20170103-WA0002.jpg

 

 

 

I love that pink color.

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"On ne voit bien que par le coeur, l'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux." (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)

"We only well see with the heart, the essential is invisible for the eyes."

 

In memory of Doren

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On ‎21‎/‎01‎/‎2017 at 6:29 AM, ynot said:

Hey hi Vieira,

What is the size of this beautiful tooth?

Tony

 

Sorry,

I forgot this important detail.

Unfortunately it is only 6 cm.

 

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On 1/19/2017 at 11:56 AM, ynot said:

And here is the finished piece!

Scale is an inch ruler.

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That's a fantastic piece, Tony, and Ptychodus64 did great prep on it.  Were those postcanine teeth in place when you started prepping it?  Jaw sections are found with the canine still in place but almost always the postcanine teeth have fallen out and long gone.  It's also unusual to get the canine in nice condition like that - usually very worn down.

 

Jess

 

 

 

 

 

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