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  1. RachelChambola

    Petrified wood with amber?

    I found these two pieces on a gravel road along with bucket loads of other petrified wood. It was brought in with other large rock and put on a dirt road near my home. (West Monroe, Louisiana) Therefore, I’m not sure of the exact location from which this came. I was wondering if this was amber that had been petrified with the wood somehow? If it’s not amber, any suggestions as to what it is? Second piece
  2. I found this piece while looking through a kilo of Amber and it's a bit different to the usual - there is something distinctly fibrous inside. Usually its the internal patterns of the Amber but this isn't. Unfortunately, its super hard to photograph. I think its probably something like mold or pollen, although I can't see any distinct seed pods etc - going to clean it up a little more tomorrow. I'd appreciate any input. Thanks, John
  3. jnicholes

    Fossil insect in amber.

    Hi everyone, I haven’t been on in a while, how is everyone? I am posting today in hopes of getting an ID. Backstory, a while ago, I was able to purchase a piece of “polished amber with insect,” on online. When it got here, I was skeptical about whether it was real amber or not. I did a LOT of testing. It passed the float test, the UV test, and I was able to calculate its specific gravity successfully. I am pretty sure it’s real amber. Today, I took the amber out and looked at the insect under my microscope. At 40x magnification I saw so much TINY
  4. Hey everyone, I need your help! I recently bought a mystery box with some ambers and i got this one with...something inside. So I took my microscope and took some photos (don't remember the magnification but i think 80-100x) and...still didn't know what it could be! Help please? Age of the amber: 49 mya (Middle Eocene) Origin: Lithuania (sorry for eventual bad photos, my microscope isn't that good)
  5. Hey-O! This mid western fossil hound is heading to Punta Cana for a vacay with the wife but the fossil hunter in me needs more to do than let the ladies gaze at my miraculous beer belly! haha I'm doing research into the area we are staying and I'm wondering if this would be a good area to sift for fossilized teeth or bone. I know PC is guarded by a reef, so modern shark teeth are unlikely but I'm not sure where this land mass sat throughout our eras. Any advise would be appreciated. I know the Dominican Republic is know for their Amber mines (which would be cool). Any
  6. Mochaccino

    ID Baltic Amber Insect Inclusion?

    Hello, I recently purchased this piece of Baltic amber with an insect inclusion. Don't have it in hand yet so can't do the more exhaustive tests, but I was wondering if someone could help identify the insect inclusion, and at least visually assess if it seems legit? Regarding ID I'm thinking it might be a Caddisfly, as it is quite large (~1cm) and seems to have 2 pairs of hairy wings and very long antennae. Regarding authenticity I don't see any visual red flags, and it also doesn't seem to be an inclusion fabricated in real amber as afaik there would be faint swirls ar
  7. A while back I bought this baltic amber piece with 2 insects that look like mosquito and a tick. It's likely real, since it glows in 385nm UV light, but what's its age and what are those insects inside it? Each square on the photos is 5x5mm. Thanks for any help!
  8. Hey guys new to the forum! I have a piece of petrified wood that looks to have both copal and amber veins in it. I know how almost impossibly rare this can be but this has passed every test for amber that could be done outside of a lab. I am getting it verified in a few days. Would like to get the communities opinions on this piece. Thanks.
  9. Barrelcactusaddict

    Dominican Amber (La Toca Fm., 20.43-13.65 Ma)

    From the album: Fossil Amber from Around the World

    4.7g piece of amber from the La Cumbre Mine, measuring (mm) 25x22x15. It has a couple marcasite inclusions: seen here is a protruding portion (one half remains inside the piece) that was perhaps a gas bubble, but later infiltrated with iron and sulfur in solution during burial, migrating via a fracture/microfracture; or it may be a permineralized organic/inorganic inclusion (shell, quartz pebble, etc.), which are documented in amber from the La Cumbre deposit, and is called "double fossilization": while this occurs in tiny grains of younger La Cumbre amber which were deposited after the older

    © Kaegen Lau

  10. Barrelcactusaddict

    Dominican Amber (La Toca Fm., 20.43-13.65 Ma)

    From the album: Fossil Amber from Around the World

    5.4g piece of amber from the La Cumbre Mine, measuring (mm) 28x24x18. It has a couple marcasite inclusions: visible here, is a protruding portion (one half remains inside the piece) that was perhaps a gas bubble, but later infiltrated with iron and sulfur in solution, via a natural fracture/microfracture; the other is a natural fracture viewable on the opposite side, infiltrated and completely coated by marcasite: the thin film that begins at the rough, unbroken exterior (underside of specimen in picture). There are dozens of visible dual-phase, countless single-phase, and at least two triple-

    © Kaegen Lau

  11. Barrelcactusaddict

    Sumatra Blue Amber (Sinamar Fm., ~30 Ma)

    From the album: Fossil Amber from Around the World

    4.3g dark, transparent blue amber from West Sumatra. After grinding and polishing, I was surprised to discover that it contains 2 ants and 2 winged ants (possibly wasps); these were a little tricky to photograph, due to the amber's strong fluorescence under 140 lumen LED light, so these inclusions had to be backlit. I used a Canon EOS 500D, Canon 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens, and combined 2x and 4x Hoya circular magnifier lenses (8x).

    © Kaegen Lau

  12. Barrelcactusaddict

    Dominican Amber (La Toca Fm., 20.43-13.65 Ma)

    From the album: Fossil Amber from Around the World

    Triple-phase inclusion and a few in-focus single and dual-phase inclusions nearby. The triple-phase bubble is a narrow chamber, possibly part of a methane termite (incomplete, heavily oxidized); there are two organic solids, the larger preventing the migration of the gas bubble. These inclusions are contained within the 5.4-4.7g specimen depicted in the four related photos. This image was captured using a Samsung WB35F while holding a BelOMO 10x loupe between the lens and specimen.

    © Kaegen Lau

  13. Barrelcactusaddict

    Dominican Amber (La Toca Fm., 20.43-13.65 Ma)

    From the album: Fossil Amber from Around the World

    Triple-phase inclusion (center right) and over twelve, viewable dual-phase inclusions nearby. The triple-phase bubble contains movable particulates, which are slightly visible here in the lower-half portion of the bubble. These inclusions are contained within the 5.4-4.7g specimen depicted in the four related photos. This crude image was captured using a Samsung WB35F while holding a BelOMO 10x loupe between the lens and specimen.

    © Kaegen Lau

  14. Barrelcactusaddict

    Dominican Amber (La Toca Fm., 20.43-13.65 Ma)

    From the album: Fossil Amber from Around the World

    4.7g piece of amber from the La Cumbre Mine, measuring (mm) 25x22x15. Seen at the base of the specimen is a natural fracture that was infiltrated and completely coated by marcasite during the resin's diagenesis, in a thin film that began at the previously rough, unbroken exterior (underside of specimen in picture). There are dozens of visible dual-phase, countless single-phase, and at least two triple-phase bubbles. These are easily seen in the other four related photos of the finished specimen. "Pyrite disease" is a major concern with this specimen; even with preservation in an airtight cont

    © Kaegen Lau

  15. Barrelcactusaddict

    Dominican Amber (La Toca Fm., 20.43-13.65 Ma)

    From the album: Fossil Amber from Around the World

    5.4g piece of amber from the La Cumbre Mine, measuring (mm) 28x24x18. Visible here, is a natural fracture that was infiltrated and completely coated by marcasite during the resin's diagenesis, in a thin film that begins at the rough, unbroken exterior (underside of specimen in picture). There are dozens of visible dual-phase, countless single-phase, and at least two triple-phase bubbles. These are easily seen in the other four related photos of the finished specimen. "Pyrite disease" is a major concern with this specimen; even with preservation in an airtight container, oxidation is still pos

    © Kaegen Lau

  16. What is this thing? It appears to be some vegetation or a tail of some sort. Could anyone help identify it?
  17. Barrelcactusaddict

    Claiborne Amber (Cockfield Fm., 41.3-38 Ma)

    From the album: Fossil Amber from Around the World

    1.4g translucent specimen measuring (mm) 16x15x10; one side presents an unbroken exterior, with slight remnants of sand, clay, and lignitic matrix. This material was recovered from the Malvern Clay Pits, east of Malvern, Arkansas. FTIR spectrum comparison of Claiborne amber to modern Shorea sp. resin points to the Dipterocarpaceae as a probable source for this middle Eocene-aged amber.

    © Kaegen Lau

  18. Barrelcactusaddict

    Claiborne Amber (Cockfield Fm., 41.3-38 Ma)

    From the album: Fossil Amber from Around the World

    4.1g rough specimen measuring (mm) 25x18x15. This is a section of a run, with successive layers grading from translucent to opaque; portions of the sand, clay, and lignitic matrix coats the exterior as depicted. This material was recovered from the Malvern Clay Pits, east of Malvern, Arkansas. FTIR spectrum comparison of Claiborne amber to modern Shorea sp. resin points to the Dipterocarpaceae as a probable source for this middle Eocene-aged amber.

    © Kaegen Lau

  19. Barrelcactusaddict

    Claiborne Amber (Cockfield Fm., 41.3-38 Ma)

    From the album: Fossil Amber from Around the World

    8.0g prepared rough specimen displaying a partially polished face, measuring (mm) 50x22x14; this piece is a transverse section, and displays numerous layers or flow lines with sequences of micro bubbles as well as sediments. This material was recovered from the Malvern Clay Pits, east of Malvern, Arkansas. FTIR spectrum comparison of Claiborne amber to modern Shorea sp. resin points to the Dipterocarpaceae as a probable source for this middle Eocene-aged amber.

    © Kaegen Lau

  20. Barrelcactusaddict

    Charentes Amber (Fouras Peninsula, ~100.5-98 Ma)

    From the album: Fossil Amber from Around the World

    Select specimens of Charentes amber, 5.5g in total weight (far right specimen is 2.9g, 20x19x16mm); these are the more attractive specimens of a 45.5g lot, while most are opaque with a light yellow-beige coloration; some have transparent layers alongside translucent and opaque layers, and one specimen has a marcasite inclusion near its center. This material is extremely fragile and low-fractile, crumbling quite easily. Since 2005 the original site on Fouras for this amber has since been developed, and is no longer accessible; what few exposures do remain yield very little material (this is als

    © Kaegen Lau

  21. From the album: Fossil Amber from Around the World

    3.0g of amber from the 9.2g lot depicted in the associated entry. This amber is middle to late Eocene in age (about 41.3-33.9 Ma), and comes from coal seams along the boundary of the upper Tukwila/lower Renton Formations. It is found in association with Pinus sp. and Metasequoia occidentalis remains, which were the most probable sources of the amber; association with Metasequoia sp. is even more prevalent among the amber from the Blakeburn Mine (i.e., amber from the Allenby Fm. near Coalmont), as Metasequoia imprints are especially abundant at that site.

    © Kaegen Lau

  22. Barrelcactusaddict

    Canadian Amber (Allenby Fm., 52.5-48 Ma)

    From the album: Fossil Amber from Around the World

    3.0g of amber, from the same lot in the two associated entries. This mid to late-Ypresian material comes from an old site near the abandoned mining town of Blakeburn, which site and its gangue piles are now technically owned by a coal mining company (although the existing legal claim of the individual who collected this amber is being overruled by the company). The amber is found primarily in association with Metasequoia sp. remains/imprints, however Pinus and Pseudolarix (among others) remains are also found in a lesser quantity at the site.

    © Kaegen Lau

  23. From the album: Fossil Amber from Around the World

    A small 2.5g representation of a 41.1g lot of amber from the old Crossman Clay Pit locality. This amber is mostly unsearched, and a few specimens I have inspected contain some inclusions; preparation will be needed to identify these inclusions, however. Spectroscopic and chemical analyses indicate this amber was produced by distinct, related species within the Cupressaceae family. The material from this lot was collected in the early 1990's by the late Kevin Kropiki; he collected at this locality in association with representatives from the American Museum of Natural History: his significant c

    © Kaegen Lau

  24. Hello Dear Friends, This time i'd like to show something special : Dream Of Any Baltic Amber Collector. Snail Shell. Extremely Rare Gastropoda ( For me super extremely rare - i never had any one ). Huge Amber 50g, 2.5mm Snail shell. Better quality pic - https://ibb.co/q9qvGcv Cheers from amber cave !! Artur
  25. Barrelcactusaddict

    Atlantic Coastal Plain Amber (Bladen Fm., ~77-75 Ma)

    From the album: Fossil Amber from Around the World

    Select pieces of cretaceous (mid-Campanian) amber from North Carolina, weighing roughly 0.7-1.5g each; most pieces found from this locality only weigh under a couple grams, which is typical of most U.S. deposits. Along many portions of the Neuse river, south of Goldsboro, the embankments expose the various members of the Black Creek Group: the Bladen member overlies the older Tar Heel Fm., and underlies the younger Donoho Creek Fm. To date, amber has only been officially described to occur in the Bladen member, and is believed to be of araucarian and/or cupressaceous origin.

    © Kaegen Lau

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